ALMA image of the young star HL Tauri (annotated)

This is the sharpest image ever taken by ALMA — sharper than is routinely achieved in visible light with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. It shows the protoplanetary disc surrounding the young star HL Tauri. The observations reveal substructures within the disc that have never been seen before and even show the possible positions of planets forming in the dark patches within the system.In this picture the features seen in the HL Tauri system are labelled.

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ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

About the Image

Id:eso1436c
Type:Collage
Release date:6 November 2014, 13:00
Related releases:eso1436
Size:2600 x 2600 px

About the Object

Name:HL Tauri
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Category:Stars

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