Hubble image of protoplanetary systems

Hubble image of protoplanetary systems

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This image is part of the feature Protoplanetary Discs

Credit: NASA/ESA/STSCI/C.O'DELL, RICE U./ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Protoplanetary discs. Five protoplanetary discs, also known as proplyds, discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in the Orion Nebula (M42). Four of them are seen as bright brown spots and the last one at top centre is black. These are protoplanetary discs which surround recently born stars; they are formed by gas and dust and are roughly twice the size of the Solar System. They might evolve and, following a process of condensation, form planetary systems similar to our Solar System. The brown ones are illuminated by radiation of nearby stars whereas the black one is the furthest away from bright stars.

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Keywords: alien planetary system, astronomy, cosmology, hst imagery, hst view, hubble image, orion nebula, planetary disc, planetary discs, proplyd, protoplanetary disc, science

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