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.

Mynd/Myndskeið:

ESO, J. de Boer et al.

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Auðkenni:eso1640b
Útgáfudagur:Nóv 9, 2016, 12:00 CET
Tengdar fréttatilkynningar:eso1640
Stærð:666 x 666 px

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Tegund:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Constellation:Scorpius
Flokkur: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
Stefna:Norður er 12.3° højre frá lóðréttu

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TíðnisviðBylgjulengdSjónauki
Innrautt
H2H3
1.667 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Innrautt
H2H3
1.593 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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