Beta Pictoris Edge-On

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/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9538b
Type:Observation
Release date:10 October 1995, 05:00
Size:448 x 282 px

About the Object

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

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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