This video takes us on a journey to the young star 2MASS J16281370-2431391 in the spectacular Rho Ophiuchi star formation region, about 400 light-years from Earth. This star is surrounded by a protoplanetary disk. This particular disk is seen nearly edge-on, and its appearance in visible light pictures has led to its being nicknamed the Flying Saucer.

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Recently, an international team of astronomers took the temperature of large dust grains within this disk and found that some were unexpectedly cold. Learn more here:

Video Credit: ESO/N. Risinger ( Guisard ( Sky Survey 2/NASA/ESA. Music: Johan B. Monell (

Image Credit: Digitized Sky Survey 2/NASA/ESA