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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0728a
Type:Collage
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
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:150 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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