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NICMOS Peers Through Dust to Reveal Young Steller Disks. A View of DG Tau B

NICMOS Peers Through Dust to Reveal Young Steller Disks. A View of DG Tau B


Depicts: DG Tau B
Copyright: D. Padgett (IPAC/Caltech), W. Brandner (IPAC), K. Stapelfeldt (JPL) and NASA

An excellent example of the complementary nature of Hubble's instruments may be found by comparing the infrared NICMOS image of DG Tau B to the visible-light Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) image of the same object. WFPC2 highlights the jet emerging from the system, while NICMOS penetrates some of the dust near the star to more clearly outline the 50 billion-mile-long dust lane (the horizontal dark band, which indicates the presence of a large disk forming around the infant star). The young star itself appears as the bright red spot at the corner of the V-shaped nebula.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
24-Sep-2021 19:04 UT

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