Tuesday, March 16, 2010

HIFI spectral scan of Orion [4 March 2010]

The very successful commissioning and performance verification activities conducted with HIFI have produced a spectacular spectral scan of the Orion nebula. On the left above a spectrum displaying a plethora of lines from a number of molecules obtained in just a couple of hours, displaying the spectral richness so characteristic of Orion. On the right zooming in on smaller regions of the spectrum showing the unprecedented detail uniquely provided by HIFI. For additional information see the SRON and SciTech webpostings.