SPHERE image of the disc around AB Aurigae

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eso_eso2008a May 20th, 2020

Credit: ESO/Boccaletti et al.

This image shows the disc around the young AB Aurigae star, where ESOs Very Large Telescope (VLT) has spotted signs of planet birth. Close to the centre of the image, in the inner region of the disc, we see the twist (in very bright yellow) that scientists believe marks the spot where a planet is forming. This twist lies at about the same distance from the AB Aurigae star as Neptune from the Sun. The image was obtained with the VLTs SPHERE instrument in polarised light.

Provider: European Southern Observatory

Image Source: https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2008a/

Curator: European Southern Observatory, Garching bei München, None, Germany

Image Use Policy: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

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Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
AB Aurigae
Subject - Milky Way
Star > Type > Variable
Eso_eso2008a_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 4h 55m 45.9s
DEC = 30° 33’ 3.9”
Orientation
North is up
Field of View
0.1 x 0.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Auriga

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Red VLT (SPHERE) Infrared (H) 1.6 µm
Spectrum_base
Red
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ID
eso2008a
Subject Category
B.3.2.1  
Subject Name
AB Aurigae
Credits
ESO/Boccaletti et al.
Release Date
2020-05-20T14:00:00
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso2008a/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Distance Notes
Facility
Very Large Telescope
Instrument
SPHERE
Color Assignment
Red
Band
Infrared
Bandpass
H
Central Wavelength
1625
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
None
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
73.9411088864, 30.5510811233
Reference Dimension
664.0, 664.0
Reference Pixel
332.0, 332.0
Scale
-3.26682549021e-06, 3.26682549021e-06
Rotation
-0
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
European Southern Observatory
URL
https://www.eso.org
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
City
Garching bei München
State/Province
None
Postal Code
D-85748
Country
Germany
Rights
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher
European Southern Observatory
Publisher ID
eso
Resource ID
eso2008a
Metadata Date
2020-04-22T15:41:47+02:00
Metadata Version
1.1
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