Protoplanetary Disk: Simulated Spiral Arm vs. Observational Data
[Right] — Observations taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope show a protoplanetary disk around the young star MWC 758. The disk has two spiral arms that extend over 10 billion miles from the star.
[Left] — A computer model reproduces the two-spiral-arm structure; the "x" is the location of a putative planet. The planet, which cannot be seen directly, probably excites the two spiral arms.
NASA, ESA, ESO, M. Benisty et al. (University of Grenoble), R. Dong (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Z. Zhu (Princeton University)
About the Image
|Release date:||30 October 2015, 09:54|
|Size:||3000 x 2400 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object|
|Distance:||650 light years|