The famous NASA Hubble telescope has captured incredible images of the dusty discs around the stars. Scientists believe the dust debris is the result of the collision between leftovers following the recent planet formation. The Hubble telescope has taken pictures of younger stars of 10 million years old and older stars, at least one billion years old.
According to the NASA researchers, they are looking to see if they can find any unseen planets which orbit the stars. One of the scientists, Glenn Schneider from the University of Arizona said about the new phenomenon that:
“It’s like looking back in time to see the kinds of destructive events that once routinely happened in our solar system after the planets formed.”
A fascinating fact the scientists discovered using the Hubble telescope is that no dusty disks were the same. All the disks of dust around the stars are completely different. Schneider said that the systems are not flat and one of the disks of dust have uniform surfaces. He added that:
“These are actually pretty complicated three-dimensional debris systems, often with embedded smaller structures.”
The astronomers observed using the Hubble telescope that one of the stars, named HD 181327, has a massive spray of debris and dust surrounding it. The scientists commented that this could be the result of two bodies colliding with each other. They also said that not all the irregularities they’ve seen in the dust disks come from the unseen planets in their vicinity.
NASA’s Christopher Stark said that the dusty material on HD 181327 is not close to the host star. He said that: “Catastrophically destroying an object that massive at such a large distance is difficult to explain, and it should be very rare.”
The researchers said that the disks they’ve seen using the Hubble telescope might have been warped and twisted with unseen star material while interacting with each other. The astronomers are further investigating to find out more and better understand the irregularities.
Using the Hubble telescope, the scientists were able to capture high-contrast images and could observe the debris system around the stars. Because of its distance, it was very difficult to capture images of the debris. Only a few dozen pictures were captured of the dust debris since 1995.