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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: HK Tauri/c model comparison

HK Tauri/c model comparison

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Data [Left]: HST/WFPC2 image of HK Tauri/c, a young star with an edge-on disk of dust and gas. Light from the hidden star illuminates the dark disk at its upper and lower surfaces. The disk diameter is 210 AU.

Model [Right]: Computer simulation of an edge-on dusty disk which has been optimized to match the HST image of HK Tau/c. The model disk has a mass 1/10th that of Jupiter, and thickness less than 10% of its radius.

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL) and colleagues


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