Fomalhaut System

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Fomalhaut dust disk is observed in unprecedented detail. It appears reminiscent of the "Eye of Sauron" from the Lord of the Rings films. A planet suspected of causing a sharp gap in the ring was suspected and imaged, becoming the first undisputed exoplanet imaged and the first planet since Neptune to be predicted prior to its discovery. The planet orbits about 115 AU and is between Neptune and 3x Jupiter's mass in an eccentric orbit. Planet b was shown to deviate slightly from its predicted path, stirring up some controversy about the planets' existance. Material surrounding the planet may have been imaged, rather than the planet itself, which some say should bump it off the directly imaged list. Also, the Hubble instrument that detected it is damaged and will not be fixed, making it unobservable for a time.

Fomalhaut System Web Pages

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Fomalhaut System In the News

Disk Discovered by IRAS (1983)

Disk First Imaged by JAC (1998)

Age Determined (1998)


Resonant Patterns Detected in Ring (2000)


Warp in Ring Found with SCUBA - Planet Announced (2002)

Ring Imaged by Spitzer (2003)

Ring Imaged by Hubble (2005)

Neptunian May Be Responsible For Ring Assymetry (2007) Extrasolar Vision Thread

Mini-Planet Embros Detected (Oct 2007)

Planet Imaged by Hubbel(Nov 2008)

Perhaps These Are the Only Exoplanets Imaged (2009)

Feature Article on Imaged Planets (2011)

See Imaged Exoplanets for more systems

Controversy Around System (Sep 2011)

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