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March 12, 2003 02:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-08

Too Close for Comfort: Hubble Discovers an Evaporating Planet


Image: Location of Star HD 209458 (Annotated)

Location of Star HD 209458 (Annotated)

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The parent star of transiting planet HD 209458b is called HD 209458. It is similar to our Sun and lies 150 light-years from Earth. The star is visible with binoculars as a seventh magnitude star in the constellation Pegasus.

This is a a 1.9 x 1.9 degree three-color composite from the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The blue plate (B) is shown in blue, the red plate (R) in green, and the infrared plate (I) in red.

Object Name: HD 209458

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: ESA, NASA and the Digitized Sky Survey


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