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It is enchanting, spectacular and - at 3.5m in diameter - it will soon become the biggest telescope mirror in space, surpassing that of Hubble.... It will take up a vantage point a million-and-a-half kilometres from Earth, to open up what scientists expect to be an utterly fascinating new vista on the Universe. Unlike Hubble, which is tuned to see the cosmos in the same light that is visible to our eyes, Herschel will go after much longer...


 astronomy universe Herschel Planck ESA telescope space
Spiral galaxy M51. ... It is a composite of images taken by Europe's Herschel space observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.


 galaxy Herschel Hubble Space Telescope astronomy
A remarkable view of our Galaxy has been obtained by Europe's billion-euro Herschel Space Observatory.
 Herschel telescope Milky Way toread
A colossal star many times the mass of our own Sun is seen growing in a bubble of excited gas just pictured by the Herschel space observatory.


 Herschel space telescope birth star astronomy