The Glowing Swan
With Cygnus the swan visible in the east around midnight, it’s starting to become a good time to check out the myriad clusters and nebulae in the summer Milky Way. Shown above is a new view of the Cygnus-X star-forming region by the Herschel Telescope. In the image, star-forming regions of dust and gas are shown.
The image uses far-infrared data with filters at 70 micron (blue); 160 micron (green); and 250 micron (red). The Herschel Telescope made the observations for this image on May 24, 2010, and Dec. 18, 2010.