Astronomer took pictures of another solar system

November 28, 2011

The astronomer, Rolf Wahl Olsen, managed to photograph ‘the protoplanetary disk of debris and dust orbiting the star Beta Pictoris, which is 63.4 light years from Earth, and that would be the first image from another solar system”. 

The star Beta Pictoris system belongs to a very young age of just 12 million years old.

The interest of scientists about it is its resemblance to our solar system 4,500 million years ago.

Olsen said about the picture “the main difficulty of the images of this system is the overwhelming brightness of Beta Pictoris, which stifles the entire rotating disk of dust near the star”.

This photograph is regarded as’ the first image from another solar system obtained”.

Olsen encourages other astronomers to do the same and improve it, saying “I’m sure this can be done much better with a higher quality camera, but at least here it is”. “I’m personally very happy and proud to have achieved this. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did”.