Water Around a Carbon Star
This Herschel image shows IRC+10216, also known as CW Leonis -- a star rich in carbon where astronomers were surprised to find water. This color-coded image shows the star, surrounded by a clumpy envelope of dust, at three infrared wavelengths, taken by Herschel's spectral and photometric imaging receiver (SPIRE) and photodetector array camera and spectrometer (PACS). Blue shows light of 160 microns; green shows 250 microns; and red shows 350 microns.
- September 1, 2010
- ESA/PACS/SPIRE/ Consortia
|Telescope||Spectral Band||Color Assigment||Wavelength|
|Herschel (PACS)||Infrared||Blue||160.0 µm|
|Herschel (SPIRE)||Infrared||Green||250.0 µm|
|Herschel (SPIRE)||Infrared||Red||350.0 µm|