Warped Disc around Beta Pictoris
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows for the first time the inner region of a 200-billion mile diameter dust disk around the star Beta Pictoris.
This is a visible light image of the disk, which appears spindle-like because it is tilted nearly edge-on to our view.
The disk is made up of microscopic dust grains of ices and silicate particles, and shines by reflected light from the star.
False-color is applied through image processing to accentuate details in the disk structure.
Hubble reveals that the pink-white inner edge of the disk is slightly tilted from the plane of the outer disk (red-yellow-green) as identified by a dotted line.
A simple explanation is that a large planet is pulling on the disk. It is not possible to see the planet directly because it is close to the star, and perhaps a billion-times fainter.
About the Image
|Release date:||17 January 1996, 14:30|
|Size:||2737 x 1737 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Beta Pictoris, IRAS 05460-5104|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System|
|Distance:||70 light years|
Colours & filters
|439 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|555 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|