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June 22, 2005 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-10

Elusive Planet Reshapes a Ring Around Neighboring Star

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Fomalhaut, HD 216956
Object Description: Star with Disk
Position of Star: R.A. 22h 57m 39s.0465
Dec. -29° 37' 20".050
Constellation: Piscis Austrinus
Distance: 25 light-years away (7.7 parsecs)
Dimensions: The ring is approximately 280AU (42 billion kilometers, 26 billion miles) in diameter.
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble image was created from HST data from proposals 9862 and 10390: P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley), M. Clampin (NASA/GSFC), and J.R. Graham (University of California, Berkeley).
Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): May, August, October, 2004
Total Exposure Time: 3.6 hours
Filters: F606W (V), F814W (I)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, P. Kalas and J. Graham (University of California, Berkeley) and M. Clampin (NASA/GSFC)
Release Date: June 22, 2005
Orientation: Debris Ring Around Star Fomalhaut (HD 216956)