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.

Credit:

Digitized Sky Survey 2/NASA/ESA

About the Image

Id:eso1604a
Type:Collage
Release date:3 February 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1604
Size:4500 x 2812 px

About the Object

Name:2MASS J16281370-2431391
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Category:Stars

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