DIRBE 240 micrometer image of sky

Astronomers have assembled the first definitive detection of a background infrared glow across the sky produced by dust warmed by all the stars that have existed since the beginning of time. For scientists, the discovery of this "fossil radiation" is akin to turning out all the lights in a bedroom only to find the walls, floor, and ceiling aglow with an eerie luminescence.


Michael Hauser (STScI), the COBE/DIRBE Science Team, and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:9 January 1998, 06:00
Size:1024 x 512 px

About the Object

Name:Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment, DIRBE
Type:• Unspecified : Cosmology : Morphology : Deep Field

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