Archive for the ‘Planck’ Category


November 10, 2010

… we are Men with a Mission.

I feel compelled to point out that while I and my colleague Andrew might be men, there are plenty of women working on Herschel and Planck as well!

Herschel and Planck win Grand Prix!

June 14, 2010

No, not the Monaco Grand Prix, but the Grand Prix for 2010 of the AAAF, the French Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics to acknowledge their “outstanding space endeavours”.

More information about the prize can be found from ESA and from the Planck webpages.

One year on…

May 14, 2010

A year ago today, Herschel and planck launched.

We’ve come a long way, and the scientific journey has only just begun!

Happy birthday Herschel and Planck!

Galactic Cold Cores with Herschel and Planck

May 4, 2010

Cold cores trace hidden regions of star formation and thus the earliest stages of this process. Planck (see also their mission blog) allows cold cores to be found and Herschel can then follow them up. Planck should be able to produce an unbiased catalog of >>1000 cold cores.

Not much can be said about the Planck results at the moment, but the Planck First Light Survey has produced some sources for followup. 3 fields observed, showing lots of detail of these enigmatic sources. Two are associated with ongoing star formation but one is quiescent. Dust temperatures as low as 10-13K are found.