Skip site navigation

Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Video & Immersive Visualizations

MPEG Video Clip: Model of Stellar Disk and Planet Formation - Video Assests

MPEG-2 files are very large, approaching a megabyte per running second. They are intended primarily for playback on dedicated digital video clip players, not for playback on personal computers. Please note that most PCs are not furnished with codecs for playback of MPEG-2 files.

  • MPEG 1
  • File Size - 1.1MB
  • Length - 30 seconds
  • Format - MPEG 1
  • Resolution - 320 x 240 pixels



  • Title: Model of Stellar Disk and Planet Formation
  • Description:
    Stars are born in the center of a rotating disk of dust and gas. As disk material pours onto the star the energy released drives twin gas jets which shoot away from the disk. Within the disk, tiny dust particles rapidly “snowball” into larger bodies. A newly-formed planet clears the disk’s inner region of dust. This is an artist’s conception, not a view from the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • Source URL:
  • Credits: Greg Bacon, Space Telescope Science Institute


This site is not displaying properly. Tell me why!