Beta Pictoris Disk Hides Giant Elliptical Ring System

The planetary dust disk around the star Beta Pictoris is dynamically 'ringing like a bell, ' according to astronomers investigating NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images. The 'clapper' is the gravitational wallop of a star that passed near Beta Pictoris some 100, 000 years ago.

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About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0002b
Type:Observation
Release date:15 January 2000, 15:20
Size:271 x 300 px

About the Object

Name:Beta Pictoris, IRAS 05460-5104
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
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Distance:70 light years

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