Disc around the star HD 97048

Using the ESO’s SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomer observed the planetary disc surrounding the star HD 97048 in the constellation of Chameleon, about 500 light-years from Earth. The juvenile disc is formed into concentric rings. This symmetry is in contrast to most protoplanetary systems which contain asymmetrical spiral arms, voids and vortexes.

The displayed image is a composite derived from two independent observations that targeted the inner and outer regions of this disc.

The central part of the image appears dark because SPHERE blocks out the light from the brilliant central star to reveal the much fainter structures surrounding it.

Credit:

ESO, C. Ginski et al.

About the Image

Id:eso1640c
Type:Observation
Release date:10 November 2016, 11:58
Related releases:eso1640
Size:500 x 500 px

About the Object

Name:HD97048
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Constellation:Chamaeleon
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):11 8 3.32
Position (Dec):-77° 39' 17.48"
Field of view:0.11 x 0.11 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.213 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Infrared
H2H3
1.593 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Infrared
H2H3
1.667 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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