Animation of Disk Shadow

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Duration: 15 seconds

This artist’s animation begins with an overhead view of a young star with its planet-forming disk of gas and dust. The view then tilts down to show the star with its disk edge on. The disk blocks the light from the star, creating a pair of cone-like shadows. When viewed from far away, the disk is no longer visible, but the shadows remain and give clues to the structure and composition of the disk.

Animated Answers, HD Video, Stellar Disks


NASA, ESA, and D. Player (STScI)

Publication: October 31, 2018

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