This composite image represents the close environment of Beta Pictoris as seen in near infrared light. This faint environment is revealed after a careful subtraction of the brighter stellar halo. The outer part of the image shows the reflected light on the dust disk; the inner part is the innermost part of the system. The newly detected source is more than 1,000 times fainter than Beta Pictoris, aligned with the disk, at a projected distance of 8 times the Earth-Sun distance. ESO telescopes equipped with adaptive optics obtained both parts of the image.
ESO/A.-M. Lagrange et al.