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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: Four Young Stars With Nearly Edge-on Disks

Four Young Stars With Nearly Edge-on Disks

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Four young stars with nearly edge-on disks observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. All are shown at the same linear scale, with each box being 1200 astronomical units square (111 billion miles, or about 20 times the diameter of Neptune's orbit). The different sizes and structures of the disks provide clues to their masses and evolutionary states.

Top row: NICMOS images of IRAS 04302+2247 and Orion 114-426.

Bottom row: WFPC2 images of HH 30 and HK Tau/c.

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit (top left): Deborah Padgett, IPAC/Caltech

Credit (top right): Mark McCaughrean, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam

Credit (bottom left): Chris Burrows, STScI

Credit (bottom right): Karl Sapelfeldt, JPL/Caltech


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