Computer simulation of dust trap formation

This computer simulation shows how a vortex can form when a massive planet is interacting with a disc around a young star. It shows how the gas density evolves when there is a planet, with a mass ten times that of Jupiter, located at 20 times the Earth-Sun distance from the central star. A large-scale vortex is created at the outer edge of the gap, which can live for more than 1000 of the planet's orbits. This vortex can trap millimeter-sized particles over million years timescales and explain the high contrast structure observed with ALMA in the disc around Oph-IRS 48.


P. Pinilla/ESO

About the Video

Release date:6 June 2013, 20:00
Related releases:eso1325
Duration:56 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Oph-IRS 48, Ophiuchus
Type:Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Young Stellar Object
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