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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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I04248

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I04248 - In this image of IRAS 04248+2612, the infrared eyes of NICMOS peer through a dusty cloud to reveal a double-star system in formation. A nebula extends at least 65 billion miles in opposite directions from the twin stars, and is illuminated by them. This nebula was formed from material ejected by the young star system. The apparent "pinching" of this nebula close to the binary suggests that a ring or disk of dust and gas surrounds the two stars.

Object Names: IRAS 04248+2612, I04248

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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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 I04016 Image Type: Astronomical I04016 I04302 Image Type: Astronomical I04302

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