The Flying Saucer protoplanetary disc around 2MASS J16281370-2431391
The young star 2MASS J16281370-2431391 lies in the spectacular Rho Ophiuchi star formation region, about 400 light-years from Earth. It is surrounded by a disc of gas and dust — such discs are called protoplanetary discs as they are the early stages in the creation of planetary systems. This particular disc is seen nearly edge-on, and its appearance in visible light pictures has led to its being nicknamed the Flying Saucer.
The main image shows part of the Rho Ophiuchi region and a much enlarged close-up infrared view of the Flying Saucer from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is shown as an insert.Oikeudet:
Digitized Sky Survey 2/NASA/ESA
|Julkaisupäivä:||3. helmikuuta 2016 12:00|
|Koko:||4500 x 2812 px|
|Tyyppi:||Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary|