Zooming in on aging double star IRAS 08544-4431

This video takes the viewer deep into a spectacular region of the southern Milky Way in the constellation of Vela (The Sails). We pass many interesting objects, including star formation regions and the blue filaments of a supernova remnant, before closing in on the faint star IRAS 08544-4431. This aging object is surrounded by a dusty disc that has been clearly resolved for the first time by the Very Large Telescope Interferometer at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile.


ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org). Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin. Music: Johan B. Monell (www.johanmonell.com)

About the Video

Release date:9 March 2016, 12:00
Related releases:eso1608
Duration:50 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:IRAS 08544-4431
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk

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