Circumstellar Disk Around Beta Pictoris

An unprecedented detailed close-up view of the inner region of the disk taken with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph shows a warp in the disk. Though this warp was first seen by Hubble in 1995, the new images go closer to the star than ever before to about 1.4 billion miles (15 astronomical units) -- a radius smaller than that of Uranus' orbit. These new details support the presence of one or more planets orbiting the star. The image was taken in September 1997.


Sally Heap (GSFC/NASA/ESA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:7 January 1998, 06:00
Size:737 x 160 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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Ultraviolet Hubble Space Telescope

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