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October 6, 2011 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-29

Astronomers Find Elusive Planets in Decade-Old Hubble Data

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: HR 8799
Object Description: Star with planets
Position (J2000): R.A. 23h 07m 28s.72
Dec. +21° 08' 03".30
Constellation: Pegasus
Distance: 130 light-years or 40 parsecs
About the Data
Data Description:

The original NICMOS data were from the HST proposal 7226: E. Becklin (University of California, Los Angeles) et al.

The science team comprises R. Soummer, B. Hagan, and A. Rajan (STScI), L. Pueyo and A. Thormann (JHU), and C. Marois (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, Victoria).

Instrument: NICMOS
Exposure Date(s): October 30, 1998
Exposure Time: 20 minutes
Filters: F160W
Colors: This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of arbitrary colors. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.
About the Release
Release Credit: NASA, ESA, and R. Soummer (STScI)
Release Date: October 6, 2011