SPHERE images of the AB Aurigae system (side by side)

Images of the AB Aurigae system showing the disc around it. The image on the right, a zoomed-in version of the central part of the image on the left, shows the inner region of the disc. This inner region includes 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 images were obtained with the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in polarised light.

Credit:

ESO/Boccaletti et al.

About the Image

Id:eso2008c
Type:Collage
Release date:20 May 2020, 14:00
Related releases:eso2008
Size:1390 x 712 px

About the Object

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

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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
H
1.625 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Infrared
H
1.625 μmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE

 

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