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January 8, 2013 05:30 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-01

Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit for Fomalhaut b


Video: Tracking Fomalhaut b from 2004 to 2012

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This movie shows the planet Fomalhaut b's movements from 2004 through 2012 as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers precict that the planet is expected to intersect and move beyond the dust disk surrounding the star Fomalhaut around 2032.

Credit: NASA, ESA, P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley), and G. Bacon (STScI)

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