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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crab Nebula Nhsc2012-014a Herschel Space Observatory Thu, Dec 13, 2012

Herschel has produced an intricate view of the remains of a star that died in a stellar explosion a millennium ago. It has provided further proof that the interstellar dust which lies throughout our Galaxy is created when massive stars reach the end of their lives.

Herschel Spies Stellar Wreckage Nhsc2012-012b Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Nov 14, 2012

This image shows a three-color infrared view of the supernova remnant W44 and surrounding regions. It was taken by the European Space Agency's Herschel mission, which has important contributions from NASA.

Probing a Nearby Stellar Cradle Sig12-012_sq Spitzer Space Telescope Thu, Nov 08, 2012

The Cygnus OB2 star cluster is about 5,000 light years from Earth and contains many massive young stars.

The Vela C Region Nhsc2012-010a Herschel Space Observatory Mon, Jul 09, 2012

The Vela C region, part of the Vela complex, by ESAs Herschel space observatory. The image demonstrates Herschels ability to trace both high- and low-mass star formation at a range of evolutionary stages, from cool filaments, pre-stellar cores and protostars to more evolved regions containing dust that has been gently heated by hot stars.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Vast Disk of Comets Nhsc2012-013a Herschel Space Observatory Tue, Nov 27, 2012

This artist's impression shows the orbits of planets and comets around the star 61 Vir, superimposed on a view from the Herschel Space Telescope.

An Exploded Star's Remains and Its Murky Environment Nhsc2012-012a Herschel Space Observatory Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Supernova remnant W44 is the focus of this new image created by combining data from ESA's Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories.

The Helix Nebula: Unraveling at the Seams Sig12-011_tn Spitzer Space Telescope Wed, Oct 03, 2012

A dying star is throwing a cosmic tantrum in this combined image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX).

A Different View of the Flame Nebula Wise2012-004-med WISE Mon, Jul 02, 2012

This view of the Flame nebula from WISE is an expanded view over one previously released of this enormous space cloud .