Hubble Reveals Lopsided Debris Disk Around Star

This image taken by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a lopsided debris disk around the young star HD 15115.

The disk, seen edge-on, is the dense blue line extending from the star to the upper right and lower left of the image. As seen from Earth, the edge-on disk resembles a needle sticking out from the star. The disk appears thicker and longer at upper right than at lower left, evidence of the disk's lopsided structure.


NASA, ESA, and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:19 July 2007, 18:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:HD 15115
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
Distance:150 light years

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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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