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.

Credit:

ESA, NASA and L. Calçada (ESO)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:heic0821b
Type:Artwork
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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