SPHERE image of the disc around AB Aurigae

This image shows the disc around the young AB Aurigae star, where ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has spotted signs of planet birth. Close to the centre of the image, in the inner region of the disc, we see the ‘twist’ (in very bright yellow) that scientists believe marks the spot where a planet is forming. This twist lies at about the same distance from the AB Aurigae star as Neptune from the Sun.

The image was obtained with the VLT’s SPHERE instrument in polarised light.

Credit:

ESO/Boccaletti et al.

About the Image

Id:eso2008a
Type:Observation
Release date:20 May 2020, 14:00
Related releases:eso2008
Size:664 x 664 px

About the Object

Name:AB Aurigae
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Constellation:Auriga
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):4 55 45.87
Position (Dec):30° 33' 3.89"
Field of view:0.13 x 0.13 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
H
1.625 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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