Featured Image: Hubble’s New Views of Debris Disks

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HD 207917

The Hubble image of a second circumstellar debris disk, HD 207917, and its best-fit model.

This is a new deep observation made by Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph of the tilted debris disk surrounding the star HD 207129. In a recent study led by Glenn Schneider (Seward Observatory, University of Arizona), three known, nearby circumstellar disks were imaged by Hubble in order to gain a better understanding of the disks’ ring-like structure. The three central stars of these disks are all G-type solar analogs, and the debris rings bear many similarities to our own Kuiper belt. Imaging of debris disks like these can help us to learn more about how solar systems form around stars like our own. For more information, check out the paper below!

Citation

Glenn Schneider et al 2016 AJ 152 64. doi:10.3847/0004-6256/152/3/64

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