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DSS image of Fomalhaut

DSS image of Fomalhaut

Date: 12 November 2008
Depicts: Fomalhaut
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and the Digitized Sky Survey 2. Acknowledgment: Davide De Martin (ESA/Hubble)

This image shows Fomalhaut, the star around which the newly discovered planet Fomalhaut b orbits. Fomalhaut is much hotter than our Sun, 16 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 a thousand million years, or 10% the lifespan of our star.

The field of view is 2.7 × 2.9 degrees.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
22-Feb-2024 05:32 UT

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