Violent Wind Gusting Around Protostar in Orion Nhsc2014-010a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Jul 01, 2014

Orion A, a star-forming nebula lying about 1500 light-years from Earth, as viewed by ESAs Herschel space observatory. Orion A is located within the sword of Orion below the three main stars that form the belt of the Orion constellation.

A Puzzling Cosmic Ring Nhsc2014-008a Herschel Space Observatory Thu, Jun 12, 2014

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The gigantic ring structure is situated at the center-top of this image. The odd ovoid possesses the mass of 500 suns, with its long axis spanning about 35 light-years and its short axis about 25 light-years.

Herschels Population of Trans-Neptunian Objects Nhsc2014-007a Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Jun 09, 2014

SAs Herschel space observatory has observed 132 of the known 1400 cold worlds that inhabit a region of the Solar System beyond the orbit of Neptune, some 4.57.5 billion km from the Sun.

Smeared and Magnified Galaxy Nhsc2014-005a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Apr 29, 2014

The distorted view of S0901 is caused by gravitational lensing, resulting from one or more galaxies that lie between the observer and S0901.

Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks Sig14-005_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Mar 06, 2014

Magnetic loops carry gas and dust above disks of planet-forming material circling stars, as shown in this artist's conception.

Multi-Wavelength View of the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 1399 Nhsc2014-003d Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Feb 25, 2014

This image shows a composite view of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1399.

Multi-Wavelength View of the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 5044 Nhsc2014-003c Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Feb 25, 2014

This image shows a composite view of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5044.

Development of Massive Elliptical Galaxies Nhsc2014-002a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Jan 29, 2014

This graphic shows the evolutionary sequence in the growth of massive elliptical galaxies over 13 billion years, as gleaned from space-based and ground-based telescopic observations.

Water Detection on Ceres Nhsc2014-001b Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Jan 22, 2014

This graph shows variability in the intensity of the water absorption signal detected at Ceres by the Herschel space observatory on March 6, 2013.

Crab Nebula, as Seen by Herschel and Hubble Nhsc2013-022a Herschel Space Observatory Thu, Dec 12, 2013

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ancient Light Deflected Nhsc2013-021a Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Oct 21, 2013

This artist's impression shows how photons from the early universe are deflected by the gravitational lensing effect of massive cosmic structures as they travel across the universe.

Mapping Invisible Pools of Gas in Our Galaxy Nhsc2013-018a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Jun 11, 2013

This illustration shows a newfound reservoir of stellar fuel discovered by the Herschel space observatory (red) found by mapping out the distribution of ionized carbon atoms (C+),

The Making of a Giant Galaxy Nhsc2013-017a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, May 22, 2013

Several telescopes have teamed up to discover a rare and massive merging of two galaxies that took place when the universe was just 3 billion years old.

Hustle and Bustle at Center of Milky Way Nhsc2013-016a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, May 07, 2013

This artist's concept illustrates the frenzied activity at the core of our Milky Way galaxy.

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Approaching Jupiter in 1994 Nhsc2013-014b Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Apr 23, 2013

This is a composite photo, assembled from separate images of Jupiter and comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, as imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 1994.

Herschel's View of the Horsehead Nebula Annotated Nhsc2013-013b Herschel Space Observatory Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Stunning new view from ESAs Herschel space observatory of the iconic Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings.

Kappa Coronae Borealis Nhsc2013-011a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Apr 09, 2013

Kappa Coronae Borealis and its dust disk.

Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles Sig13-001_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Tue, Mar 19, 2013

Dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, making their detection difficult until now. The discovery gives scientists a window into the earliest and least understood phases of star formation.

Herschel's Cool Universe Nhsc2013-008a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Mar 05, 2013

This artists impression of Herschel is set against an image captured by the observatory, showing baby stars forming in the Rosette nebula.

Star formation Rate and Active Galactic Nuclei Power Nhsc2013-006b Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Feb 13, 2013

This graph shows how the average rate of star formation for three different samples of galaxies varies as a function of the power of the active galactic nuclei hosted at their centers.

Weighing Planetary Disks Nhsc2013-005a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Jan 30, 2013

This artist's illustration shows a planetary disk that weighs the equivalent of 50 Jupiter-mass planets.

Andromeda's Colorful Rings Nhsc2013-004a Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Jan 28, 2013

The ring-like swirls of dust filling the Andromeda galaxy stand out colorfully in this new image from the Herschel Space Observatory.

Andromeda's Colorful Rings Nhsc2013-004a Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Jan 28, 2013

The ring-like swirls of dust filling the Andromeda galaxy stand out colorfully in this new image from the Herschel Space Observatory.

Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis Nhsc2013-002a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Jan 09, 2013

Herschel Space Observatory captured asteroid Apophis in its field of view during the approach to Earth on 5/6 January 2013.

Vega: Two Belts and the Possibility of Planets Nhsc2013-001b Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Jan 08, 2013

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the bright star Vega, as illustrated here at left in brown.

Violent Wind Gusting Around Protostar Nhsc2014-010b Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Jul 01, 2014

An illustration of the wind blown by a newborn star. When the energetic particles hit the surrounding material, they may collide with atoms that are present in the star's environment, break them apart and produce new elements.

Where's All the Oxygen? Nhsc2014-006a Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Jun 09, 2014

A cosmic mystery regarding oxygen has deepened, thanks to new findings from the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.

Herschel Spectrum of the Galaxy S0901 Nhsc2014-005b Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Apr 29, 2014

A doubled peaked emission line from ionized carbon at 158 micrometres indicates that this galaxy is rotating with little turbulence.

Herschel Survey in Infrared and Visible Nhsc2014-004a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Collage of galaxies in the Herschel Reference Survey at infrared/submillimetre wavelengths by Herschel and at visible wavelengths from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Herschel Spectrum of the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 1399 Nhsc2014-003b Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Feb 25, 2014

This graph shows a spectrum of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1399 taken with ESA's Herschel Space Observatory at far-infrared wavelengths.

Herschel Spectrum of the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 5044 Nhsc2014-003a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Feb 25, 2014

This graph shows a spectrum of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5044 taken with ESA's Herschel Space Observatory at far-infrared wavelengths.

The Shocking Behavior of a Speedy Star Sig14-003_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Feb 20, 2014

The antics of a speeding star are on display in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Dwarf Planet Ceres Nhsc2014-001a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Dwarf planet Ceres is located in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, as illustrated in this artist's conception.

Galactic Metropolis Nhsc2013-023a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Dec 18, 2013

The large white and yellow dots in this picture are stars in our galaxy, while the rest of the smaller dots are distant galaxies. The cluster, comprised of red dots near the center, includes more than 100 massive galaxies.

Two Galaxies Masquerading as One Sig13-017a_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Nov 14, 2013

What might look like a colossal jet shooting away from a galaxy turns out to be an illusion. New data from the National Science Foundation's Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), combined with an infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals two galaxies, one lying behind the other, that had been masquerading as one.

The Tortured Clouds of Eta Carinae Ssc2013-07b_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Aug 22, 2013

Massive stars can wreak havoc on their surroundings, as can be seen in this new view of the Carina nebula from NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope.

Infrared Iris Sig13-005_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Fri, May 24, 2013

This cloud of glowing gas is the Iris nebula, as seen in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The main cluster of stars within the nebula is called NGC 7023. It lies 1,300 light-years away in the Cepheus constellation.

Galactic Wheels within Wheels Sig13-004_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, May 16, 2013

This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the double-ringed galaxy Messier 94. Just outside the bright core, a burning ring of star formation glows brightly in the light of warm interstellar dust. Encircling it all is the faint blue glow of starlight forming what was long taken to be an outer ring of stars, but may not be a ring at all.

Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere Nhsc2013-014a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Apr 23, 2013

This map shows the distribution of water in the stratosphere of Jupiter as measured with the Herschel space observatory.

Herschel's View of the Horsehead Nebula Nhsc2013-013a Herschel Space Observatory Fri, Apr 19, 2013

Stunning new view from ESAs Herschel space observatory of the iconic Horsehead Nebula in the context of its surroundings.

Artist's Impression of Starburst Galaxy Nhsc2013-012a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Apr 17, 2013

This artist's impression shows the "starburst" galaxy HFLS3. The galaxy appears as little more than a faint, red smudge in images from the Herschel space observatory.

Churning Out Stars Nhsc2013-010a Herschel Space Observatory Thu, Mar 28, 2013

W3 is an enormous stellar nursery about 6,200 light-years away in the Perseus Arm, one of the Milky Way galaxy's main spiral arms, which hosts both low- and high-mass star formation.

Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles Nhsc2013-009a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Mar 19, 2013

Dense envelopes of gas and dust surround the fledging stars known as protostars, making their detection difficult until now. The discovery gives scientists a window into the earliest and least understood phases of star formation.

Cool Layer in a Sun-like Star Nhsc2013-007a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Feb 20, 2013

One of the great curiosities in solar science is that our Suns outer atmosphere the corona is heated to millions of degrees when its visible surface is only about 6000 degrees.

Artist's Impression of Galaxy with Outflow Nhsc2013-006a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Feb 13, 2013

This illustration shows a galaxy in the early Universe that is releasing material via two symmetric outflows triggered by the supermassive black hole hosted at its center.

Cool Disk of Planetary Material Nhsc2013-005b Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Jan 30, 2013

This artist's concept illustrates the planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae, located about 175 light-years away in the Hydra, or Sea Serpent, constellation.

Cool Andromeda Nhsc2013-004b Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Jan 28, 2013

In this new view of the Andromeda galaxy from the Herschel space observatory, cool lanes of forming stars are revealed in the finest detail yet.

Betelgeuse's Enigmatic Environment Nhsc2013-003a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Jan 22, 2013

The red supergiant star Betelgeuse is seen here in a new view from the Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation.

Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega Nhsc2013-001a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Jan 08, 2013

This artist's concept illustrates an asteroid belt around the bright star Vega.

Revealing Hidden Black Holes Sig12-013_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Fri, Dec 14, 2012

This composite image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 3627, located about 30 million light years from Earth.