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AB Aurigae Disk (Ground-Based View)

AB Aurigae Disk (Ground-Based View)

Depicts: AB Aurigae, IRAS 04525+3028
Copyright: P. Kalas (Space Telescope Science Institute)

The image on the left represents the best ground-based coronographic observation of AB Aurigae. Paul Kalas of the Space Telescope Science Institute took the image with the University of Hawaii's 2.2-meter telescope. The telescope's coronograph eclipsed a 33.5-billion-mile (53.6-billion-kilometer) area centered on the star. This area is nine times larger than our solar system. The picture shows that the star resides in a region of dust clouds - the semicircular-shaped material to the left of the star.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
4-Mar-2024 09:31 UT

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