Artist impression of the protoplanetary disc surrounding the young star MWC 480

Artist impression of the protoplanetary disc surrounding the young star MWC 480. ALMA has detected the complex organic molecule methyl cyanide in the outer reaches of the disc in the region where comets are believed to form. This is another indication that complex organic chemistry, and potentially the conditions necessary for life, is universal.

Credit:

B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)

About the Image

Id:eso1513a
Type:Artwork
Release date:8 April 2015, 19:00
Related releases:eso1513
Size:3064 x 3706 px

About the Object

Name:MCW 480
Type:Unspecified : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Category:Illustrations

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