Beta Pictoris as seen in infrared light - annotated

This composite image represents the close environment of Beta Pictoris as seen in near infrared light. This very faint environment is revealed after a very careful subtraction of the much brighter stellar halo. The outer part of the image shows the reflected light on the dust disc, as observed in 1996 with the ADONIS instrument on ESO's 3.6 m telescope; the inner part is the innermost part of the system, as seen at 3.6 microns with NACO on the Very Large Telescope. The newly detected source is more than 1000 times fainter than Beta Pictoris, aligned with the disc, at a projected distance of 8 times the Earth-Sun distance. Both parts of the image were obtained on ESO telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. 

Kilde:

ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al.

Om billedet

Id:eso0842b
Type:Observation
Udgivelsesdato:21. november 2008
Relaterede pressemeddelelser:eso0842
Størrelse:990 x 985 px

Om objektet

Navn:Beta Pictoris
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Afstand:70 lysår
Kategori:Exoplanets
Stars

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Farver & filtre

BåndTeleskop
InfrarødVery Large Telescope
NACO
InfrarødESO 3.6-metre telescope
ADONIS