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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


Image: Fomalhaut Ring Artwork - Annotated

Fomalhaut Ring Artwork - Annotated

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This illustration of a ring of debris encircling the star Fomalhaut shows the putative planet orbiting inside the ring. In this picture, the background stars and constellations are identified. This is not the same view we would see from Earth, because Fomalhaut is 25 light-years from the Sun. Nevertheless, the constellations are still recognizable. The Sun, for example, is a bright star in the constellation Leo. Other well-known stars such as Alpha Centauri, Sirius, and Procyon also can be seen.

Image Type: Illustration/Artwork

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)


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