NASA’s Hubble captures images of Beta Pictoris bright disk

February 21, 2015 12:32 PM

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NASA’s Hubble captures images of Beta Pictoris bright disk

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has been used by astronomers to capture images of a huge gas-and-dust disk surrounding the 'young' 20-million-year old Beta Pictoris star. So far, Beta Pictoris, discovered in 2009, is the only debris disk that has a huge planet.

Because of short orbital period, astronomers can observe large motion in just a few years. The orbital period is projected to be between 18 and 22 years. And therefore, it becomes easier for scientists to study how the Beta Pictoris disk has deformed as a result of the presence of a huge planet embe...

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