CAB Astrophysics Department (Interstellar and circumstellar Medium Group) uses the Herschel Space Observatory to analyse the molecular Universe, from proptoplanetary discs to cold gas in distant galaxies.

The European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory (also called the Far Infrared and Submillimetre Telescope or FIRST) has the largest primary mirror ever built for a space telescope. With a diameter of 3.5-metres, the mirror will capture radiation from some of the coldest and most distant objects in the Universe. In addition, Herschel is the only space observatory that will cover the spectral range from the far-infrared to the submillimetre.

+ information Herschel Science Centre http://herschel.esac.esa.int/