Artist’s impression of the disc around the young star TW Hydrae

This artist’s impression shows the closest known protoplanetary disc, around the star TW Hydrae in the huge constellation of Hydra (The Female Watersnake). The organic molecule methyl alcohol (methanol) has been found by the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) in this disc. This is the first such detection of the compound in a young planet-forming disc.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1619a
Type:Artwork
Release date:15 June 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1619
Size:7680 x 4800 px

About the Object

Name:TW Hydrae
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Distance:170 light years
Category:Exoplanets

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