Hubble captures new images of planet’s perturbations in disk around star

February 21, 2015 3:17 AM

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According to a NASA statement, the Hubble Space Telescope has obtained new images showing a primordial planet plowing through the debris disk around the young star Beta Pictoris. Beta Pictoris is only 20 million years old. A massive exoplanet was discovered in 2009, orbiting Beta Pictoris every 18 to 20 years at a distance of 900 million miles.

The images were taken in 2012 in visible light observed by Hubble’s Imaging Spectrograph using its coronagraphic imaging mode, which impedes the glare of Beta Pictoris itself and allows the surrounding disk to be visible.

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