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OUR BEAUTIFUL UNIVERSE: Herschel reveals a new swan in Cygnus-X

Published on Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00

 

herschel cygnusXThe Cygnus-X star-formation region in the infrared. (ESA/PACS/SPIRE/Martin Hennemann & Frédérique Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/Irfu – CNRS/INSU – Univ. Paris Diderot, France)

 

This far-infrared view of the Cygnus-X star-formation region from ESA’s Herschel space observatory combines data acquired with the PACS instrument at 70 µm (blue) and 160 µm (green) and with the SPIRE instrument at 250 µm (red), on 24 May and 18 December 2010. Bright white areas show regions where massive stars have recently formed and started to carve bubbles in the surrounding gas and dust with intense radiation. In the centre, intense winds and radiation from stars invisible to Herschel have blown away the dust and gas, and heated the interstellar medium. North is to the lower-right and east to the upper-right.

 

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