Moon-forming disc around the PDS 70c exoplanet as seen with ALMA

This image, taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which ESO is a partner, shows a close-up view on the moon-forming disc surrounding PDS 70c, a young Jupiter-like gas giant nearly 400 light-years away. It shows this planet and its disc centre-front, with the larger circumstellar ring-like disc taking up most of the right-hand side of the image. The dusty circumplanetary disc is as large as the Sun-Earth distance and has enough mass to form up to three satellites the size of the Moon.


ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/Benisty et al.

About the Image

Id: eso2111c
Type: Observation
Release date: 22 July 2021, 14:00
Related releases: eso2111
Size: 1266 x 840 px

About the Object

Name: PDS 70c
Type: Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Constellation: Centaurus
Category: Exoplanets


Position (RA): 14 8 10.09
Position (Dec): -41&deg 23′ 52.94″
Field of view: 0.01 x 0.01 arcminutes
Orientation: North is -0.0° left of vertical

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