Large dusty clumps orbiting V960 Mon captured by ALMA

This image of the young star V960 Mon and surrounding dusty material was obtained with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which ESO is a partner. Large dusty clumps with masses similar to that of planets are visible here as blue blobs. These clumps could contract and collapse via a process known as “gravitational instability” to form giant planets roughly the size of Jupiter.


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

About the Image

Release date:25 July 2023, 15:00
Related releases:eso2312
Size:978 x 978 px

About the Object

Name:V960 Mon
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary
Distance:5000 light years

Image Formats

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Position (RA):6 59 31.59
Position (Dec):-4° 5' 27.80"
Field of view:0.10 x 0.10 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.0° left of vertical

Colours & filters

Millimeter1.3 mmAtacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Band 6