Fomalhaut ring artwork - annotated

This illustration of a ring of debris encircling the star Fomalhaut shows the putative planet orbiting inside the ring. In this picture, the background stars and constellations are identified. This is not the same view we would see from Earth, because Fomalhaut is 25 light-years from the Sun. Nevertheless, the constellations are still recognizable. The Sun, for example, is a bright star in the constellation Leo. Other well-known stars such as Alpha Centauri, Sirius, and Procyon also can be seen.


NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:22 June 2005, 19:00
Size:1800 x 1461 px

About the Object

Name:Fomalhaut, HD 216956
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Variable
Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk
Distance:25 light years

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