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Dust shells in IRC+10216

Dust shells in IRC+10216


Date: 20 September 2011
Satellite: Herschel
Copyright: ESA/PACS/MESS Consortia

New images of IRC+10216, obtained with the PACS instrument on the Herschel Space Observatory, have revealed never before seen dust shells extending out to a distance of 320 arc seconds from the central star.

This image was obtained at 100 micron and shows a field of view of 16 arc minutes × 11 arc minutes.

The 6 radial spikes are due to the support structure of the secondary mirror.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
6-Dec-2021 09:41 UT

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