News Release Archive:

News Release 350 of 1051

November 13, 2008 02:30 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-39

Hubble Directly Observes Planet Orbiting Fomalhaut


Video: Fomalhaut System Illustration (Pan and Zoom)

HubbleSite works better when you install the latest Flash Player for your browser and enable JavaScript.

This artist's rendition shows a planet circling a star 16 times brighter than our sun. The planet is estimated to complete a full orbit around the star Fomalhaut in 872 years. For a planet three times the size of our Jupiter, it is much brighter than expected. One possibility is that it has a Saturn-like ring of ice and dust reflecting starlight.

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

Photo Credit: ESA, NASA, and L. Calcada (ESO for STScI)

Selected still images from this video (click to enlarge):

Release Videos