Concentric gas and dust discs around the star TW Hydrae

This illustration is based on NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope images of a gas and dust discs encircling the young star TW Hydrae. Hubble photos show shadows sweeping across the discs encircling the system. The interpretation is that these shadows are from slightly inclined inner discs that block starlight from reaching the outer disc, and therefore cast a shadow. The discs are slightly inclined to each other because of the gravitational pull of unseen planets warping the disc structure.

[Image description: This illustration is based on Hubble Space Telescope images of gas and dust discs encircling the young star TW Hydrae. We have an oblique view of three concentric rings of dust and gas. At the centre is the bright white glow of the central star. The reddish-coloured rings are inclined to each other and are therefore casting dark shadows across the outermost ring.]

Credit:

NASA. ESA, L. Hustak (STScI)

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Id:heic2305a
Type:Artwork
Release date:4 May 2023, 16:00
Related releases:heic2305
Size:3840 x 2160 px

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