NICMOS Peers Through Dust to Reveal Young Stellar Disks. A View of IRAS 04248+2612

In this image of IRAS 04248+2612, the infrared eyes of NICMOS peer through a dusty cloud to reveal a double-star system in formation. A nebula extends at least 65 billion miles (105 billion kilometres) in opposite directions from the twin stars, and is illuminated by them. This nebula was formed from material ejected by the young star system. The apparent 'pinching' of this nebula close to the binary suggests that a ring or disk of dust and gas surrounds the two stars.

Credit:

D. Padgett (IPAC/Caltech), W. Brandner (IPAC), K. Stapelfeldt (JPL) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9905p
Type:Observation
Release date:9 February 1999, 19:00
Size:256 x 256 px

About the Object

Name:HH 31-D, IRAS 04248+2612
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:500 light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS
Infrared
K
2.05 μm Hubble Space Telescope
NICMOS

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