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News Release 344 of 964

January 7, 2007 12:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-02

Hubble Observations Provide Insight into Planet Birth

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: AU Microscopii (AU Mic, GJ 803, HD197481)
Object Description: Spectral Type "M0" Star with Debris Disk
Position (J2000): R.A. 20h 45m 09s.53
Dec. -31° 20' 27".2
Constellation: Microscopium
Distance: Approximately 33 light-years (10 parsecs).
Dimensions: This image is 16 arcseconds (160 Astronomical Units) across.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST data from the following proposal 10228: P. Kalas, J. Graham, and B. Matthews (University of California, Berkeley).
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): August 1, 2004
Filters: F606W (V): POL0V, POL60V, and POL120V
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Graham (University of California, Berkeley)
Release Date: January 7, 2007
Color: This image is representatively colored in a heat map color scheme. This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the ACS/HRC instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. Exposures were made through a filter sampling a broad range of wavelengths plus three separate polarizing filters with angles of polarization at 0°, 60° and 120°. The exposures have been combined into a single monochromatic image with brightness values mapped to a sequence of colors.
Orientation: Hubble's Snapshot of Debris Disk Around Young Star - Annotated