First Circumstellar Disk around a Massive Star

The TIMMI 10 µm image of the inclined dust disk around a hot O9 star at the G339.88-1.26 radio source. The diameter of the disk is of the order of 5 arcsec, i.e. at the most probable distance to the object (10,000 lightyears) it is 20,000 times larger than the diameter of the Earth's orbit around the Sun.

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About the Image

Id:eso9828b
Type:Observation
Release date:24 June 1998
Related releases:eso9828
Size:1024 x 1024 px

About the Object

Name:G339.88-1.26
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Spectral Type : O
• X - Stars
Distance:10000 light years

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10 μm ESO 3.6-metre telescope
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