VLT and Hubble images of the protoplanet system HD 100546
This composite image shows a view from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (left) and from the NACO system on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (right) of the gas and dust around the young star HD 100546. The Hubble visible-light image shows the outer disc of gas and dust around the star. The new infrared VLT picture of a small part of the disc shows a candidate protoplanet. Both pictures were taken with a special coronagraph that suppresses the light from the brilliant star. The position of the star is marked with a red cross in both panels.
ESO/NASA/ESA/Ardila et al.
About the Image
|Release date:||28 February 2013, 16:00|
|Size:||4674 x 2434 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Composite image, HD 100546|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary|
• X - Stars
|Distance:||350 light years|