Cosmic shadow of HBC 672

This image, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the Serpens Nebula, a stellar nursery about 1300 light-years away. Within the nebula, in the upper right of the image, a shadow is created by the protoplanetary disc surrounding the star HBC 672. While the disc of debris is too tiny to be seen even by Hubble, its shadow is projected upon the cloud in which it was born. In this view, the feature — nicknamed the Bat Shadow — spans approximately 200 times the diameter of our own Solar System.

A similar looking shadow phenomenon can be seen emanating from another young star, in the upper left of the image.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and STScI

About the Image

Id:heic1819a
Type:Observation
Release date:31 October 2018, 18:00
Related releases:heic1819
Size:4398 x 3982 px

About the Object

Name:HBC 672, Serpens nebula
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Distance:1300 light years
Constellation:Serpens Cauda
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):18 29 58.85
Position (Dec):1° 14' 28.60"
Field of view:2.20 x 1.99 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 12.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.25 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.64 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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