AB Aurigae b Hubble Images Compass

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stsci_2022-016c April 4th, 2022

Credit: NASA, ESA and STScI

Researchers were able to directly image newly forming exoplanet AB Aurigae b over a 13-year span using Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) and its Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrograph (NICMOS).

In the top right, Hubble’s NICMOS image captured in 2007 shows AB Aurigae b in a due south position compared to its host star, which is covered by the instrument’s coronagraph. The image captured in 2021 by STIS shows the protoplanet has moved in a counterclockwise motion over time.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2022/news-2022-016

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/

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Image Details

Image Type
Collage
Object Name
AB Aurigae
Subject - Milky Way
Planet
Star > Circumstellar Material > Planetary System

Distance

Universescale1
520 light years

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 4h 55m 45.8s
DEC = 30° 33’ 4.3”
Constellation
Auriga

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Pseudocolor Hubble (STIS) Infrared -
Pseudocolor Hubble (NICMOS) Infrared -
Stsci_2022-016c_1280
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ID
2022-016c
Subject Category
B.1   B.3.7.1  
Subject Name
AB Aurigae
Credits
NASA, ESA and STScI
Release Date
2022-04-04T11:00:00
Lightyears
520
Redshift
520
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2022/news-2022-016
Type
Collage
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Distance in lightyears
Facility
Hubble, Hubble
Instrument
STIS, NICMOS
Color Assignment
Pseudocolor, Pseudocolor
Band
Infrared, Infrared
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
2000.0
Reference Value
73.94102454, 30.55119222
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p22016c-f-2472x1608.tif
Metadata Date
2022-07-07T08:49:18-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
520 light years