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Beta Pictoris Edge-On

Beta Pictoris Edge-On

Depicts: Beta Pictoris
Copyright: Al Schultz (CSC/STScI) and NASA

This Hubble Space Telescope image of a portion of a vast dust disk around the star Beta Pictoris shows that the disk is thinner than thought previously.

Estimates based on the Hubble image place the disk's thickness as no more than one billion miles (600 million kilometers), or about 1/4 previous estimates from ground-based observations.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
27-Jan-2023 02:02 UT

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