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November 13, 2008 02:30 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-39

Hubble Directly Observes Planet Orbiting Fomalhaut

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Fomalhaut b
Object Description: Exoplanet Orbiting Fomalhaut
Position (J2000):
(of Fomalhaut)
R.A. 22h 57m 39s.05
Dec. -29° 37' 20".05
Constellation: Piscis Austrinus (Piscis Australis)
Distance: 25 light-years (8 parsecs)
Dimensions: This image is roughly 375 AU (49 arcseconds) wide.
About the Data
Science Team:

This image was created from HST data from proposals 10390: P. Kalas and J. Graham (University of California, Berkeley) and M. Clampin (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center); and 10598: P. Kalas, J. Graham, and E. Chiang (University of California, Berkeley), M. Clampin (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and K. Stapelfeldt and J. Krist (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory).

The science team includes: P. Kalas and E. Chiang (University of California, Berkeley), M. Fitzgerald (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), M. Clampin (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), E. Kite (University of California, Berkeley), J. Krist and K. Stapelfeldt (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and J. Graham (University of California, Berkeley).

Instrument: ACS/HRC
Exposure Date(s): October 2004 and July 2006
Exposure Time: 11.4 hours
Filters: F435W (B), F606W (V), and F814W (I)
About the Release
Release Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley)
Release Date: November 13, 2008
Orientation: Annotated Illustration of Fomalhaut System