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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

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 462 astronomical units (60 arcseconds) wide.
About the Data
Science Team: This image was created from HST data from proposals 10390, 10598, 11818, and 12576; PI: P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley). The science team includes: P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley and SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif.), J. Graham (University of California, Berkeley and University of Toronto), M. Fitzgerald (UCLA), and M. Clampin (NASA/GSFC).
Instrument: STIS/CCD
Exposure Date(s): May 2012
About the Release
Release Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley and SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif.)
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Color This image is a composite of many separate exposures made by the STIS instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope. This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of reddish hues. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.
STIS/CCD red
Orientation/Scale: Compass and Scale Image for Fomalhaut b