DSS image of Fomalhaut (ground-based image)

This image shows Fomalhaut, the star around which the newly discovered planet orbits. Fomalhaut is much hotter than our Sun, 15 times as bright, and lies 25 light-years from Earth. It is blazing through hydrogen at such a furious rate that it will burn out in only one billion years, 10% the lifespan of our star. The field of view is 2.7 x 2.9 degrees.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

About the Image

NASA press release
Id:heic0821f
Type:Observation
Release date:13 November 2008, 20:30
Related releases:heic0821
Size:9563 x 10277 px

About the Object

Name:Fomalhaut
Type:• Milky Way : Star
• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:25 light years

Colours & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
DSS
Optical
R
DSS

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