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Massive Black Holes halt star birth in distant galaxies
The Herschel Space Observatory has shown that galaxies with the most powerful, active, supermassive black holes at their cores produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes.

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Major Public Data Release for HerMES:
We in the HerMES team are very pleased to announce our first major data release, DR1.

This release includes Herschel SPIRE sky maps and object catalogues for more than 17,000 individual galaxies.

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Current Status of the HerMES Project:

  • As of 19th September 2011, HerMES are pleased to announce their second early data release. This is catalogue data similar in depth to our early data release but covering additional fields. The data is available through the Herschel database HeDaM




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Previously: The Herschel Science Demonstration Phase (SDP) observations

  • The Herschel Science Demonstration Phase (SDP) observations covering five extragalactic fields have been completed. The SDP survey area consisted of 2 relatively shallow fields covering a total of just less than 20 square degrees and 3 deep cosmological fields covering more than half a square degree. This area corresponds to approximately 7% of the total HerMES observation time on Herschel. The total number of objects detected so far stands at >27000.