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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


Image: I04016


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I04016 - A very young star still deep within the dusty cocoon from which it formed is shown in this image of IRAS 04016+2610. The star is visible as a bright reddish spot at the base of a bowl-shaped nebula about 100 billion miles across at the widest point. The nebula arises from dusty material falling onto a forming circumstellar disk, seen as a partial dark band to the left of the star. The necklace of bright spots above the star is an image artifact.

Object Names: I04016, IRAS 04016+2610

Image Type: Astronomical

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


The above image is part of a montage:

Montage Image: Young Stars and Stellar Disks Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated Young Stars and Stellar DisksPRC1999-05a CoKu Tau/1 Image Type: Astronomical CoKu Tau/1 DG Tau B Image Type: Astronomical DG Tau B Haro 6-5B Image Type: Astronomical Haro 6-5B I04248 Image Type: Astronomical I04248 I04302 Image Type: Astronomical I04302

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