The birth processes of galaxies, stars and planetary systems are all obscured from our view in visible light by the clouds of gas and dust from which they emerge. To observe them we need to look at much longer infrared wavelengths, which is best done from space because the Earth's atmosphere is largely opaque at those wavelengths. The Herschel Space Observatory, launched in 2009, has revolutionised our understanding of the obscured Universe. Its successor observatory, called SPICA, which is
now under development, will be even more powerful, especiallyfor studying the most distant galaxies and the discs around young stars from which new planetary systems are forming in our own galaxy today. In this talk I shall describe Herschel and some of its spectacular images and scientific results,and look forward to the promise of SPICA.
Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics.
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