Artist’s impression of the comet factory seen by ALMA

This artist’s impression shows the dust trap in the system Oph-IRS 48. The dust trap provides a safe haven for the tiny rocks in the disc, allowing them to clump together and grow to sizes that allow them to survive on their own.

Credit:

ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id:eso1325a
Type:Artwork
Release date:6 June 2013, 20:00
Related releases:eso1325
Related announcements:ann13052
Size:4000 x 2250 px

About the Object

Name:Oph-IRS 48, Ophiuchus
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:400 light years
Category:Exoplanets
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