Comparison of TW Hydrae System and Solar System
Comparison of TW Hydrae System and Solar System
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News release ID: STScI-2013-20
Release Date: Jun 13, 2013
Image Use: Copyright
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This illustration shows that the TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk is much wider than the size of our solar system. In fact, the gap in the TW Hydrae disk produced by a suspected planet resides 7.5 billion miles from the star. At this distance, the putative planet would orbit far beyond our Kuiper Belt, a reservoir of icy, leftover material from the formation of our solar system.


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Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Stars, Stellar Disks, Variable Stars

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