Debris Ring Around a Star: Unannotated
The top view, taken by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is the first visible-light image of a dust ring around the nearby, bright young star Fomalhaut (HD 216956). The image offers the strongest evidence yet that an unruly planet may be tugging on the dusty belt. Part of the ring [at left] is outside the telescope's view. The ring is tilted obliquely to our line of sight.
The center of the ring is about 1.4 billion miles (15 astronomical units) away from the star. The dot near the ring's center marks the star's location. Astronomers believe that an unseen planet moving in an elliptical orbit is reshaping the ring.
About the Image
|Release date:||22 June 2005, 19:00|
|Size:||2000 x 1312 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Fomalhaut, HD 216956, IRAS 22549-2953|
|Type:||• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System|
• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
• X - Stars Images/Videos
• X - Miscellaneous Images/Videos
|Distance:||25 light years|
Colours & filters
|606 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|814 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|