Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
Randy McDonald

[LINK] The Fomalhaut system

Fomalhaut planetary system

I found the above map of the known bodies in the Fomalhaut system at The Dragon's Tales. Almost twice the mass and seventeen times the brightness of our sun, Fomalhaut now seems to support at least one planet, b, in a very eccentric orbit, as well as two substantial debris disks.

The question of Fomalhaut b's existence or non-existence has been ongoing for some time, last year producing a preliminary confirmation of the body's existence at the same time that other astronomers discovered an ongoing "comet massacre" in the system's dusty belts. Fomalhaut b's very eccentric orbit makes it outstanding among exoplanets discovered.
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