Space Clouds Glitter Where Stars Are Born

Rainbow light and raw possibilities circulate outside of the crystal spheres.

The image was acquired as a part of Hi-GAL, a survey mapping the entire plane of the Milky Way in a wide range of infrared light that Herschel was specially designed to detect. The image above is just a small section of a larger version, which in itself is just 1/30th of the entire Hi-GAL survey.  For the science of how this was done, click on the image.

Here’s the rainbow river in full.  Click on the picture for the larger image.

Glowing Jewels in the Galactic Plane


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