Fomalhaut System Illustration (Pan and Zoom)

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Duration: 30 seconds

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.

Animated Answers, Exoplanets, HD Video, Stars, Stellar Disks


NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI);
Image: ESA, NASA, and L. Calcada (ESO for STScI)

Publication: November 13, 2008

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