Star Formations

Courtesy of Bad Astronomy, here is an image of the very young star HD 15115. The disc of planet forming dust is seen to be very lopsided. The conjecture is that a nearby star may have disturbed the system and upset its symmetry, but the readers of this blog can probably think of an alternative explanation.

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    nige said,

    Maybe the star is spinning, so over a long period the dust which tends to be most stable is that which is distributed around the equator (like the rings around the planet Saturn)?

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    L. Riofrio said,

    Neat photo anyway. The spinning disk is indeed like that formed by a Black Hole


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