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Fomalhaut

This white star is surrounded by a dust disk, which is in the process of forming planets similar to our solar system. Unfortunately the star has only a lifespan of about 1 billion years. Complex life probably can't form in this time.

The dust disk already contains a planet with about three times the mass of Jupiter, which orbits the star every 872 years in a distance of 114 AU. This was fotographed by the Hubble Space Telescope as first exoplanet in visible light. The photo was published on November 13th 2008, here you can see a detail of it.

Constellation: Piscis Austrinus
Age: circa 200 million years
Distance: 25.07 light-years
Spectral class: A3
Visual magnitude: 1.17
Luminosity: 17.59 * Sun
Mass: 2.3 * Sun
Diameter: 1.719 * Sun
Radial velocity: 6.1 km/sec

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11/13/2008

    Fomalhaut
Graphic: PPARC, David Hardy
The planet
The planet Fomalhaut b in the years 2004 and 2006.
Photo: NASA, ESA and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

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