Hubble Catches a Dusty Moth

These near-infrared images, taken with the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, show the wing- shaped dust disk surrounding the young, nearby star HD 61005. Astronomers have dubbed the star system "The Moth" because the dust disk resembles the wings of the flying insect.

Credit:

NASA, D. Hines (Space Science Institute, New Mexico Office in Corrales, New Mexico), and G. Schneider (University of Arizona)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0801a
Type:Collage
Release date:10 January 2008, 17:30
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:HD 61005
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
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Distance:110 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
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1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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