Disc around the young star RX J1615

Using the ESO’s SPHERE instrument at the Very Large Telescope, a team of astronomer observed the planetary disc surrounding the star RX J1615 which lies in the constellation of Scorpius, 600 light-years from Earth. The observations show a complex system of concentric rings surrounding the young star, forming a shape resembling a titanic version of the rings that encircle Saturn. Such an intricate sculpting of rings in a protoplanetary disc has only been imaged a handful of times before.

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.

Oikeudet:

ESO, J. de Boer et al.

Kuvasta

Tunnistus:eso1640b
Julkaisupäivä:9. marraskuuta 2016 12:00
Vastaavat julkaisut:eso1640
Koko:666 x 666 px

Kohteesta

Tyyppi:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Constellation:Scorpius
Kategoria:Exoplanets
Stars

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Position (RA):16 15 20.24
Position (Dec):-32° 55' 5.07"
Field of view:0.08 x 0.08 arcminutes
Suuntaus:Pohjoinen on 12.3° oikea pystysuuntaan nähden

Värit ja suotimet

KaistaAallonpituusTeleskooppi
Infrapuna
H2H3
1.667 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Infrapuna
H2H3
1.593 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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