Artist's concept of exoplanet orbiting Fomalhaut

This illustration shows the newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b, orbiting its sun, Fomalhaut.

This structure is a Saturn-like ring that astronomers say may encircle the planet. Fomalhaut also is surrounded by a ring of material. The edge of this vast disk is shown in the background as the curving cloud-like feature that appears to intersect the 200-million year-old star. Fomalhaut b lies three billion kilometres inside the disk's inner edge. The planet completes an orbit around Fomalhaut every 872 years.


ESA, NASA and L. Calçada (ESO)

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:13 November 2008, 20:30
Related releases:heic0821
Size:3000 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:Fomalhaut, Fomalhaut b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
Distance:25 light years

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