Disk Around Young Star. A View of HK Tauri

HK Tauri is the first example of a young binary star system with an edge-on disk around one member of the pair. The thin, dark disk is illuminated by the light of its hidden central star. The absence of jets indicates that the star is not actively accreting material from this disk. The disk diameter is 20 billion miles (about 32 billion kilometres). The brighter primary star appears at top of the image.


Karl Stapelfeldt (JPL) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:9 February 1999, 19:00
Size:356 x 356 px

About the Object

Name:Haro 6-12, IRAS 04288+2417
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
Distance:450 light years

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