Disc around the star HD 135344B
Using the ESO’s SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomer 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
|Release date:||9 November 2016, 12:00|
|Size:||1020 x 1020 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary|
|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|