Betelgeuse’s dust plumes seen by VISIR image

This image, obtained with the VISIR instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shows the infrared light being emitted by the dust surrounding Betelgeuse in December 2019. The clouds of dust, which resemble flames in this dramatic image, are formed when the star sheds its material back into space. The black disc obscures the star's centre and much of its surroundings, which are very bright and must be masked to allow the fainter dust plumes to be seen. The orange dot in the middle is the SPHERE image of Betelgeuse’s surface, which has a size close to that of Jupiter’s orbit.

Credit:

ESO/P. Kervella/M. Montargès et al., Acknowledgement: Eric Pantin

About the Image

Id:eso2003d
Type:Observation
Release date:14 February 2020, 14:00
Related releases:eso2003
Size:1608 x 1608 px

About the Object

Name:Betelgeuse
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Red Supergiant
Constellation:Orion
Category:Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 55 10.42
Position (Dec):7° 24' 23.83"
Field of view:0.29 x 0.29 arcminutes
Orientation:North is -0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Infrared
SIV
9.81 μmVery Large Telescope
VISIR
Infrared
PAH2
11 μmVery Large Telescope
VISIR
Optical
H-alpha
645 nmVery Large Telescope
SPHERE
Infrared
NeII
12 μmVery Large Telescope
VISIR

 

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