ALMA image of the carbon monoxide snow line

This ALMA image shows the region where carbon monoxide snow has formed around the star. The carbon monoxide is shown here in green, and begins at a distance of more than 30 astronomical units from TW Hydrae. Aside from being necessary for planetary and comet formation, carbon monoxide is needed for the creation of methanol which is a fundamental building block required for life.

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ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

About the Image

Id:eso1333b
Type:Observation
Release date:18 July 2013, 20:00
Related releases:eso1333
Size:2394 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:TW Hydrae
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material
• X - Stars
Distance:180 light years

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