Beta Pictoris Edge-On

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This Hubble Space Telescope image of a portion of a vast dust disk around the star Beta Pictoris shows that the disk is thinner than thought previously. Estimates based on the Hubble image place the disk's thickness as no more than one billion miles (600 million kilometers), or about 1/4 previous estimates from ground-based observations.

Credit: Al Schultz (CSC/STScI) and NASA


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For comparison the disk appears four times thicker in a ground-based image of Beta Pictoris due to the limitation of atmospheric seeing. This red-light image (approximately 7, 000 Angstroms) image was obtained at the Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii, on the 2.2-meter telescope.

Credit: Paul Kalas (University of Hawaii 2.2-m telescope, Mauna Kea)


Al Schultz (CSC/STScI), Paul Kalas (University of Hawaii 2.2-m telescope, Mauna Kea) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:10 October 1995, 05:00
Size:585 x 800 px

About the Object

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

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555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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