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
|Release date:||13 November 2008, 20:30|
|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|