HERITAGE: PACS and SPIRE images of the Magellanic Clouds and associated source catalogues
The HERschel Inventory of The Agents of Galaxy Evolution (HERITAGE) open time key program mapped the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) at 100, 160, 250, 350, and 500 microns using Herschel's PACS and SPIRE instruments. The overriding science goal of HERITAGE is to study the life cycle of matter as traced by dust in the LMC and SMC. This is Herschel program KPOT_mmeixner_1. The PI is Margaret Meixner.
The sky coverage is shown as red footprints on the above Spitzer SAGE and SAGE-SMC sky images. Either type in a coordinate or click within the red outlined region to get a close-up of the area; the size of the search is adjustable. Search results will include cutout images cropped to the search box as well as the associated original images which overlap the area of interest.
There are two main pointings, one for the LMC and the other for the SMC. For each of these, the PACS and SPIRE pointings are slightly offset. Images and uncertainty maps in MJy/sr are available for all the bands. Coverage maps (in frames per pixel) are available for the SPIRE bands. Catalogs are available using IRSA's Catalog Search engine, and a full description of the catalogs is available from the documentation. Also available are HERITAGE image "cutouts" using IRSA's Cutouts Service, which is a general tool to create single or multiple small FITS (and JPEG) image cutouts of data sets archived at IRSA.
The canonical paper for HERITAGE is Meixner et al. (2013). The band-matched catalogs are described in Seale et al. (2014). The full dataset can be downloaded here (4.2 GB).
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Coordinate Examples:
  • 79.430161 -71.229782 eq
  • 05h 17m 43.24s -71d 13m 47.2s Equ J2000
  • 282.30387 -33.06556 ga
  • NGC 2070
Default: Equatorial J2000