HK Tauri/c model comparison

Data [Left]: HST/WFPC2 image of HK Tauri/c, a young star with an edge-on disk of dust and gas. Light from the hidden star illuminates the dark disk at its upper and lower surfaces. The disk diameter is 210 AU.

Model [Right]: Computer simulation of an edge-on dusty disk which has been optimized to match the HST image of HK Tau/c. The model disk has a mass 1/10th that of Jupiter, and thickness less than 10% of its radius.


Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL) and colleagues

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:9 February 1999, 19:00
Size:945 x 444 px

About the Object

Name:HK Tau C
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
Distance:450 light years

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