Herschel discovers water vapour around dwarf planet Ceres22 January 2014
Herschel discovers water vapour around dwarf planet Ceres22 January 2014 ESA’s Herschel space observatory has discovered water vapour around Ceres, the first unambiguous detection of water vapour around an object in the asteroid belt.
Herschel helps find elusive signals from the early Universe01 October 2013
Herschel helps find elusive signals from the early Universe01 October 2013 Using a telescope in Antarctica and ESA’s Herschel space observatory, astronomers have made the first detection of a subtle twist in the relic radiation from the Big Bang, paving the way towards revealing the first moments of the Universe’s existence.
Herschel ends operations as orbiting testbed17 June 2013
Herschel ends operations as orbiting testbed17 June 2013 With the exhaustion of its helium coolant, Herschel’s science mission ended on 29 April. But the stalwart satellite continued providing value to the end, serving as an orbiting testbed for control techniques that can’t normally be tested in flight.
Rare merger reveals secrets of galaxy evolution22 May 2013 A rare encounter between two gas-rich galaxies spotted by ESA’s Herschel space observatory indicates a solution to an outstanding problem: how did massive, passive galaxies form in the early Universe?
Herschel finds hot gas on the menu for Milky Way’s black hole07 May 2013 ESA’s Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of surprisingly hot molecular gas that may be orbiting or falling towards the supermassive black hole lurking at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy.
Herschel closes its eyes on the Universe29 April 2013
Herschel closes its eyes on the Universe29 April 2013 ESA’s Herschel space observatory has exhausted its supply of liquid helium coolant, ending more than three years of pioneering observations of the cool Universe.