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
|Release date:||22 July 2021, 14:00|
|Size:||1266 x 840 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System|
|Position (RA):||14 8 10.09|
|Position (Dec):||-41° 23′ 52.94″|
|Field of view:||0.01 x 0.01 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is -0.0° left of vertical|
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