Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Herschel's Cygnus X
Posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the rich stellar nursery already holds the massive star cluster known as the Cygnus OB2 association. But those stars are more evident by the region cleared by their energetic winds and radiation near the bottom center of this field, and are not detected by Herschel instruments operating at long infrared wavelengths. Herschel does reveal the region's complex filaments of cool gas and dust that lead to dense locations where new massive stars are forming. Cygnus X lies some 4500 light-years away toward the heart of the northern constellation of the Swan. At that distance this picture would be almost 500 light-years wide.
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[Credit: ESA/PACS/SPIRE/ Martin Hennemann & Frédérique Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/Irfu - CNRS/INSU - Univ. Paris Diderot, France]
I always thought Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres should have been a double album with Cygnus as the bookends.
That is awesome.
LOL I saw this and immediately thought of Rush, too.
I just love how they report unsubstantiated theory as fact./sarc
How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. — Psalm 104:24
Cygnus X-1 popped in my head immediately.
I wore the hell out of that album!
Yes in the days of vinyl.
I had some Christmas wrapping paper that looked just like that. It was clear and crinkly but it had those same colors in a similar random pattern, and it had glitter laminated between two layers.
Sigh... Take no notice of me...
Take no notice of you? after that wrapping paper remark I planned to give you a ribbon. /rimshot
You’ve been ribbon me with that wrapped sense of humor since we met! Be careful, young man, or I’ll box your ears.
Right package you.
*Snort* [giggles] ROFL!!
Uncle!! You win again with your cutting wit, you cleaver man!
Knife got to get out of the house today, it’s beautiful.
All you need is a little slice of fresh air and sunshine!
I cut see myself getting that.
You may enjoy it so much that it slashes your time spent on FR!
Your absence will cutlery close to my heart.
Edge gotta what we gotta do.
Huh? I give! LOL!
Not sure about Herschel’s Cygnus, but here’s Herchel’s Adidas. Supposedly worn in the mid-1980’s and auctioned for $288.00.
He beat me fair and square, Joe!
That pic looks more like an APOD and less like Christmas wrap, though. Except for the 10-LY-wide head of a founding father, of course, LOL!
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