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Fomalhaut Triple Star System
2013-10-04 09:17:50

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The search for exoplanets – worlds outside of our own solar system – has grown exponentially in the last decade or two. And while news about the hunt for planets that could potentially support life dominates the headlines, it is equally important to understand the star systems that host these distant space rocks. One system that has garnered significant attention is the nearby star system known as Fomalhaut, partially...

Disk Patterns Not Always Formed In Presence Of Planets
2013-07-13 07:16:03

[WATCH VIDEO: It Doesn't Take A Planet To Make A Ring] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Young stars known to host planets generally also have disks containing dust and icy grains, particles produced by collisions among asteroids and comets also orbiting the star. Often, these debris disks have sharply-defined rings or spiral patterns, which could signal the presence of orbiting planets. As a way to better understand the physical properties of known planets and...

NASA Finds New Asteroid Belt Discovered Orbiting Vega
2013-01-09 15:11:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of U.S. astronomers has discovered what looks to be a large asteroid belt orbiting around Vega, the second-brightest star in the northern sky, NASA officials announced on Tuesday. Using data obtained from the Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory, the researchers discovered infrared light emitted by warm and cold dust in bands around both Vega and Fomalhaut, a second...

Fomalhaut b’s Odd Orbit May Be Caused By Star’s Vast Debris Disk
2013-01-09 11:45:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online According to newly released images from the Hubble Space Telescope, a vast debris belt circling around a nearby star is wider than scientists believe, and the unusual orbit of a planet traveling around that star could be to blame. In a statement released Tuesday, NASA officials stated that the images reveal that the debris disk traveling around the star Fomalhaut actually spans from 14 to 20 billion miles from the star...

Zombie Planet Interview With Dr Thayne Currie
2012-11-02 14:22:24

Dr. John Millis and Jedidiah Becker for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In 2008, astronomers announced that the Hubble Space Telescope had captured images of an alien planet orbiting the nearby star Fomalhaut, located a mere 25 light years away in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. Dubbed Fomalhaut b and claimed as the first exoplanet to be confirmed through direct imaging in visible light, the planet appeared to orbit its star immersed in a massive ring of dust and debris....

Zombie Planet Back From The Dead
2012-10-26 11:09:18

[ Watch the Video: Studying Hubble Data Revives a Zombie Exoplanet ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study suggests that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive "zombie" exoplanet that was previously thought to not exist, but is back from the dead. A second look at data from the Hubble Space Telescope is reviving the claim that Fomalhaut b is alive, but completely surrounded by dust. Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus,...

Image 1 - Astronomers Use ALMA To Dissect Nearby Planetary System
2012-04-12 11:46:36

[ Watch the Video ] Astronomers have made a breakthrough discovery in understanding a nearby planetary system, giving clues about how these systems form and evolve. Scientists used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to find that planets orbiting the star Fomalhaut must be smaller than originally thought. The high-resolution images show that both the inner and outer edges of the thin, dusty disk have very sharp edges.  This, as well as computer simulations,...

Comets Collide To Create Dust Belt
2012-04-12 04:45:20

The ESA´s Herschel Space Observatory has been studying the dust near the star Fomalhaut and has found the surrounding dust appears to have come from the dust of destroyed comets. A young star, Fomalhaut is estimated to be just a few million years old and twice as large as the sun. The dust belt near the star was discovered in the 1980s by the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). Herschel's imaging technology and capabilities are able to capture a clearer picture of this dust belt,...


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