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Herschel Telescope

Postby WBS » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:38 am

During a brief visit to the UK, the Director of the NASA Herschel Telescope:


will be speaking in the 150 Theatre of West Buckland School in North Devon:


at 7.30pm on Friday the 26th of October. (ample free parking). This event is organised by the West Buckland School Astronomical Society in conjunction with the North Devon Astronomical Society - who may be contacted via their Facebook page.
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Re: Herschel Telescope

Postby WBS » Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:57 am

Dr. Philip Appleton

Project Scientist and Team Leader for the:

NASA Herschel Science Center,

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California, USA

Dr. Appleton started his research career studying cosmic hydrogen clouds at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, run by the University of Manchester where he obtained his Ph.D in Radio Astronomy in 1980. He has also been a lecturer in physics and astronomy at Preston Polytechnic (now the University
of Central Lancashire), and for 13 years was a Professor of Astrophysics at Iowa State University in the USA. He moved to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Pasadena in 2001 to work on results from the Spitzer Space Telescope. He currently performs research and manages a team of 25 scientists and engineers at the NASA Herschel Science Center at Caltech. The team helps astronomers within the US exploit results from the Herschel telescope.

Talk Title:

Results from the Herschel Space Telescope Three Years after Launch


The 3.5 m (11.5 ft) Herschel Space Telescope was launched into space in May 2009. Since then, it has been busy probing the secrets of how stars like our Sun formed from dark dust clouds, as well as detecting the faint heat radiation from the most energetic objects in the Universe—the dust enshrouded "Ultra (and Hyper) Luminous Infrared Galaxies and Quasars.

Furthermore, Herschel is revealing, through its very sensitive "Spectrometers", the complexity of molecular chemistry in clouds of gas between the stars. It may come as a surprise to many people, but hot water molecules (steam!) and other common molecules (Hydrogen, Oxygen, Methane and many more) are formed in large quantities in clouds in our Galaxy (the Milky-Way). Star-birth, far from being a slow and boring process, is a violent place in which vast jets of atomic and molecular gas are being spewed-out from places where the first stars are forming. Much later, these molecules can collect together to form new clouds, new stars and new planets--often in a molecular rich environment. Even more surprising, in the distant universe, we have now discovered outflows of gas and molecules from entire galaxies. These outflows seem associated with powerful "starbursts" in which a large fraction of the galaxy's gas is turned suddenly into stars, or through even more powerful events associated with the feeding of supermassive black holes at the centers of these galaxies. I will describe how all these events may be various forms of cosmic "feedback", which regulate the formation of the largest galaxies to the smallest star in our present-day universe.

The Herschel observatory is a European Space Agency mission with important contributions to the instrumentation from the US and NASA.
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Re: Herschel Telescope

Postby jasmine11 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:17 am

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