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Warped Disc around Beta Pictoris

Warped Disc around Beta Pictoris

Depicts: Beta Pictoris
Copyright: Chris Burrows, Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) the European Space Agency (ESA), J. Krist (STScI), the WFPC2 IDT team,and NASA

This is a visible light image of the disk, which appears spindle-like because it is tilted nearly edge-on to our view.

The disk is made up of microscopic dust grains of ices and silicate particles, and shines by reflected light from the star.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
24-Feb-2024 02:57 UT

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