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Interstellar
The dust disk surrounding the star Beta Pictoris seen in infrared light 2 micrometers in wavelength. The disk appears long and thin because we are looking at it edge-on. While observing, a coronagraph blocked light from the star. The black circle in this image masks out areas that may have been affected by light from the star. The size of the circle corresponds to the size of the Solar System (100 astronomical units). Some scattered light from the telescope's secondary mirror remains in the image right above the black circle. North is up, East is left. Credit: Subaru Telescope
01/14/09

 



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