The young double star HK Tauri in the constellation of Taurus

This chart shows the constellation of Taurus (The Bull). All the stars visible on a dark clear night are shown. As well as the famous star clusters of the Hyades and Pleiades this area of the sky also contains dark dust clouds and is the site of star formation. One of these newly formed stars is HK Tauri (marked with a red circle). ALMA observations of this system have provided the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary discs in a double star.

This double star is very faint and red and cannot be seen visually in any but the largest telescopes.


ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope

About the Image

Release date:30 July 2014, 19:00
Related releases:eso1423
Size:3338 x 3354 px

About the Object

Name:HK Tauri
Type:Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material

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