Dust rings around stars
A striking NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope near-infrared picture of a disk around the star HD 141569, located about 320 light-years away in the constellation Libra. Hubble shows that the 75 billion-mile wide disk seems to come in two parts: a dark band separates a bright inner region from a fainter outer region. The structure superficially looks much like the largest gap in Saturn's rings - but on a vastly larger scale.
A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope false-color near infrared image of a novel type of structure seen in space - a dust ring around a star. Superficially resembling Saturn's rings -- but on a vastly larger scale -- the 'hula-hoop' around the star called HR 4796A offers new clues into the possible presence of young planets.Credit:
Left Image: Alycia Weinberger, Eric Becklin (UCLA), Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona) and NASA/ESA., Right Image: Brad Smith (University of Hawaii), Glenn Schneider (University of Arizona), and NASA/ESA.
About the Image
|Release date:||8 January 1999, 06:00|
|Size:||3000 x 2400 px|
About the Object
|Name:||HD 141569, HR 4796A|
|Type:||Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk|
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Hubble Space Telescope