The Swan Glowing in Flight

Best famous as a swan winging a approach opposite a night, a constellation Cygnus is simply seen in a northern hemisphere’s summer sky. This new perspective of a Cygnus-X star-forming segment by a Herschel Telescope highlights pell-mell networks of dirt and gas that indicate to sites of large star formation. This picture combines far-infrared information acquired during 70 micron (corresponding to a blue channel); 160 micron (corresponding to a immature channel); and 250 micron (corresponding to a red channel). The observations were done on May 24, 2010, and Dec. 18, 2010.

Herschel is a European Space Agency cornerstone mission, with scholarship instruments supposing by consortia of European institutes and with critical appearance by NASA.

Image Credit: ESA/PACS/SPIRE/Martin Hennemann Frederique Motte, Laboratoire AIM Paris-Saclay, CEA/Irfu — CNRS/INSU — Univ. Paris Diderot, France