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What in the Universe: Circumstellar Disk

What causes these beams of light?


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with NASA’s Universe of Learning partners: Caltech/IPAC, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and Sonoma State University.

  • Image AU Microscopii debris disk:  NASA, ESA, J.E. Krist (STScI/JPL); D.R. Ardila (JHU); D.A. Golimowski (JHU); M. Clampin (NASA/Goddard); H.C. Ford (JHU); G.D. Illingworth (UCO-Lick); G.F. Hartig (STScI) and the ACS Science Team

  • Animation of circumstellar disk: NASA, JPL-Caltech, R. Hurt

  • Animation of planets forming in disk: NASA/Goddard Space Flight 

  • Animation of solar system: NASA/Goddard Space Flight

Written by Leah Ramsay
Designed by Leah Hustak and Dani Player
Subject matter expertise from Dr. Quyen Hart
Editorial and design input from Margaret Carruthers and Timothy Rhue II
Music courtesy of Music for Non-Profits


All narration is presented in text form within the video. In addition, a full transcript will be available in the Library in the near future. Check back soon!