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Beta Pictoris Disk Hides Giant Elliptical Ring System

Beta Pictoris Disk Hides Giant Elliptical Ring System


Depicts: Beta Pictoris
Copyright: NASA and Paul Kalas (Space Telescope Science Institute)

The planetary dust disk around the star Beta Pictoris is dynamically "ringing like a bell," according to astronomers investigating NASA Hubble Space Telescope images. The "clapper" is the gravitational wallop of a star that passed near Beta Pictoris some 100,000 years ago.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
30-Sep-2022 00:52 UT

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