About the Object

Category: Illustrations

Artist’s impression of protoplanetary disc

This is an artist’s impression of a young star surrounded by a protoplanetary disc in which planets are forming.

An international team of astronomers have used the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope to provide the first observation of water and other molecules in the inner, rocky-planet-forming regions of a disc in one of the most extreme environments in our galaxy. These results suggest that the conditions for rocky-planet  formation, typically found in the discs of low-mass star-forming regions, can also occur in massive-star-forming regions and possibly a broader range of environments.

[Image description: At the centre of the image, a bright light source illuminates a surrounding disc, which transitions from colours of white, grey, to orange. The disc is slightly tilted from upper left to lower right, and has spiral features that are most prominent near the star. Small, rocky objects are scattered throughout the disc. At upper right, there is a gap through which background stars can be seen.]


ESO/L. Calçada

About the Image

Id: weic2329a
Type: Artwork
Release date: 30 November 2023, 16:00
Related releases: weic2329
Size: 3000 x 2000 px

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