Warped Disc around 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.


Chris Burrows, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) the European Space Agency (ESA), J. Krist (STScI), the WFPC2 IDT team, and NASA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:17 January 1996, 14:30
Size:570 x 113 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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