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November 13, 2008 02:30 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-39

Hubble Directly Observes Planet Orbiting Fomalhaut

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Video: Hubble Proves Existence of a Planet Orbiting Another Star

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For the first time ever, astronomers have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting another star. The planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut and is located 25 light-years away from Earth. Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys captured visible-light images 21 months apart that show that the planet is moving along a path around the star.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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