Ring of rocky debris around a white dwarf star (artist’s impression)

This animation is an artist's impression of the thin, rocky debris disc discovered around the two Hyades white dwarfs. Rocky asteroids are thought to have been perturbed by planets within the system and diverted inwards towards the star, where they broke up, circled into a debris ring, and were then dragged onto the star itself.


NASA, ESA, STScI, and G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Video

Release date:9 May 2013, 16:00
Related releases:heic1309
Duration:18 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Hyades, WD0421+162, WD0431+126
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf
Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Cluster : Open
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Debris



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