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February 9, 1999 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-05

Vast Stellar Disks Set Stage for Planet Birth in New Hubble Images

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Image: DG Tau B: A Star System Emits Jets of Gas

DG Tau B: A Star System Emits Jets of Gas

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An excellent example of the complementary nature of Hubble's instruments may be found by comparing the infrared NICMOS image of DG Tau B to the visible-light Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) image of the same object. WFPC2 highlights the jet emerging from the system, while NICMOS penetrates some of the dust near the star to more clearly outline the 50 billion-mile-long dust lane (the horizontal dark band, which indicates the presence of a large disk forming around the infant star). The young star itself appears as the bright red spot at the corner of the V-shaped nebula.

Object Name: DG Tau B

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

Credit (left): D. Padgett (IPAC/Caltech), W. Brandner (IPAC), K. Stapelfeldt (JPL)

Credit (right): Chris Burrows (STScI)

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