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Fomalhaut Briefing Press Materials
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1) P. Kalas, UC Berkeley

images of Fomalhaut b
For the first time ever, astronomers have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting another star. The planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut and is located 25 light-years away from Earth. Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys captured visible-light images 21 months apart that show that the planet is moving along a path around the star. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
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artist concept of Fomalhaut b in orbit
This simulation depicts the orbit of the planet Fomalhaut b around its parent star. Its path around the star is extremely asymmetric and lies inside a debris disk that is being shaped by the gravitational influence of this planet. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
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2) M. Clampin, NASA/GSFC

size diagram of Fomalhaut system
This PDF compares the size of the Fomalhaut system to our own solar system. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)
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3) S. Seeger, MIT

artist concept of Fomalhaut b
This video shows a pan and zoom of an artist's concept of Fomalhaut b. Credit: ESA, NASA, and L. Cal├žada (ESO for STScI)
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