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Herschel Telescope Snaps Its First Pictures

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posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:11 PM

The European Space Agency's Herschel telescope is up and running, with its first observations revealing water and carbon as well as dozens of distant galaxies.

The new space telescope, which launched on May 14 with its sibling Planck, has now carried out its first test observations with all of its instruments.

Herschel is the largest, most powerful infrared telescope ever launched into space. Its observations in the far-infrared to sub-millimeter wavelengths of light will allow astronomers to study some of the coldest objects in space, not visible in other wavelengths.

Cant wait to see what else we get out of this thing! First images are amazing!

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 08:23 PM
If what we see here is any indication of what we'll be pulling out of Herschel in the future, it's going to be pretty exciting

Nice find, thanks for posting it!

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 09:14 PM
reply to post by Jomina

Indeed it is. Cmon guys don't just flag tell us what you think, we need to keep these photos up to date as they come in because the first batch are stunning.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 09:20 PM
This is awesome.

Amazing what 20 years of advancement in technology can do. I wonder what kind of new discoveries this will lead too.

Also when the LHC finally goes operational I wonder if any data they gather from that will give them new things to look for.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 09:40 PM
This is nice, i got a book of Hubble images for my birthday and i cant wait to see what the Herschel book will turn out like(assuming they do one).

The esa site should keep everybody up to date with this.

posted on Jul, 12 2009 @ 10:53 PM
reply to post by Hastobemoretolife

Indeed it is, i just can't get over the fact that we'll be seeing a lot more quality shots like these soon.

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