AB Aurigae disk (Ground-Based View)

The image on the left represents the best ground-based coronographic observation of AB Aurigae. Paul Kalas of the Space Telescope Science Institute took the image with the University of Hawaii's 2.2-meter telescope. The telescope's coronograph eclipsed a 33.5-billion-mile (53.6-billion-kilometer) area centered on the star. This area is nine times larger than our solar system. The picture shows that the star resides in a region of dust clouds - the semicircular-shaped material to the left of the star.


About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:2 June 1999, 19:30
Size:468 x 660 px

About the Object

Name:AB Aurigae, IRAS 04525+3028
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
Distance:450 light years

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