Birth Ring of Debris Around AU Microscopii (AU Mic)

Birth Ring of Debris Around AU Microscopii (AU Mic)

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News release ID: STScI-2007-02
Release Date: Jan 7, 2007
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

This is an artist's concept of the birth ring of debris encircling the 12-million-year-old star AU Microscopii. Porous, snowball-sized bodies collide within the birth ring. Stellar winds disperse dust grains away from the star beyond the birth ring to the outer debris disk.


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Artwork, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Stars, Stellar Disks

Credits

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)