Artist’s impression of a young star surrounded by a protoplanetary disc

This is an artist’s impression of a young star surrounded by a protoplanetary disc in which planets are forming. Using ALMA’s 15-kilometre baseline astronomers were able to make the first detailed image of a protoplanetary disc, which revealed the complex structure of the disc. Concentric rings of gas, with gaps indicating planet formation, are visible in this artist’s impression and were predicted by computer simulations. Now these structures have been observed by ALMA for the first time.

Note that the planets are not shown to scale.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1436f
Type:Artwork
Release date:6 November 2014, 13:00
Related releases:eso1436
Size:9000 x 6000 px

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Category:Stars

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