Small, Unannotated - Small, Annotated
Large, Unannotated - Large, Annotated
As this cool material flows around, it collides with itself and forms filaments of dust threading through the Galaxy. These filaments house denser clumps, with the gas and dust radiating away its heat. When the clumps get large enough and dense enough, their own gravity causes a stellar embryo to form, eventually becoming a star in its own right.
This image is taken as part of a project called "Hi-GAL", which aims to image a strip across the plane of our Galaxy towards its central regions. This is a section 60 degrees away from the centre of our Galaxy.
Type of Object: Interstellar Medium
Image Scale: Image is 2 degrees across
Coordinates: Right Ascension: 19h 41m 44.30s ; Declination: +23° 1′ 22″
Constellation: Vulpecular the Fox
Instrument: PACS and SPIRE
Observation Date/Time: Wed, 28/04/2010 (All day)
Wavelengths: 70, 160, 250 microns
Date of Release: 06/05/2010
Key Programme: Hi-GAL