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  • Released Tuesday, December 22, 2015
  • ID: 12054

A supercomputer model reveals how the environment around a young star is shaped by a planet’s gravity.

A supercomputer model reveals how the environment around a young star is shaped by a planet’s gravity.

Beta Pictoris b is a planet with an estimated mass of about nine times Jupiter's. See how it affects the debris disk around its star in this video.

The orbit of Beta Pictoris b is shown in white, along with the simulated Beta Pictoris disk in this image.

The orbit of Beta Pictoris b is shown in white, along with the simulated Beta Pictoris disk in this image.

As the planet circles its star, its gravity causes collisions among the orbiting debris that gives rise to a spiral structure in the disk.

As the planet circles its star, its gravity causes collisions among the orbiting debris that gives rise to a spiral structure in the disk.

Similar collisions give the disk a warped appearance when viewed edge-on.

Similar collisions give the disk a warped appearance when viewed edge-on.

The tilt of the planet’s orbit drives debris above and below the disk plane, creating the vertical waves seen in this cross-section view.

The tilt of the planet’s orbit drives debris above and below the disk plane, creating the vertical waves seen in this cross-section view.

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center



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