Hubble Reveals Complex Circumstellar Disk

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) has given astronomers their clearest view yet of the dust disk around a young, 5-million-year-old star. Such disks are expected to be the birthplace of planets.

The star, called HD 141569A, lies 320 light-years away in the constellation Libra and appears to be a member of a triple-star system. The image at left shows the star and disk as it appears in space. The system is slightly tilted when viewed from Earth. The photo at right portrays the system if astronomers could view it from above.

Credit:

NASA, M. Clampin (STScI), H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCO/Lick), J. Krist (STScI), D. Ardila (JHU), D. Golimowski (JHU), the ACS Science Team and ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0302b
Type:Collage
Release date:6 January 2003, 19:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:HD 141569A, IRAS 15473-0346
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:300 light years

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B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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