Disc around the star HD 135344B

Using ESO’s SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomers observed the planetary disc surrounding the star HD 135344B, about 450 light-years away. The disc shows prominent spiral-arm-like structures. These are thought to have been created by one or multiple massive protoplanets, destined to become Jupiter-like worlds.

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, T. Stolker et al.

About the Image

Id:eso1640d
Type:Observation
Release date:9 November 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1640
Size:1020 x 1020 px

About the Object

Name:HD135344B
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Constellation:Lupus
Category:Exoplanets
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):15 15 48.44
Position (Dec):-37° 9' 16.02"
Field of view:0.02 x 0.02 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
J
1.213 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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