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June 27, 2006 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-25

Hubble Reveals Two Dust Disks Around Nearby Star Beta Pictoris

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About the Object
Object Name: Beta Pictoris
Object Description: Star with Disk
Position (J2000): R.A. 05h 47 m 17s.09
Dec. -51° 03' 59".5
Constellation: Pictor
Distance: 63 light-years (19 parsecs)
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble images were created from HST data from proposal 9987: H. Ford (Johns Hopkins University) and J. Krist (STScI). The science team for this release is led by D. Golimowski (Johns Hopkins University).
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): October 1, 2003
Exposure Time: 4 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F606W (Broad V), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Golimowski (Johns Hopkins University)
Release Date: June 27, 2006
Orientation: Hubble Sees Two Dust Disks Around Beta Pictoris