Left: upper limits on the CO mass present in the Fomalhaut ring, as a function of the collisional partner-to-dust mass ratio f cp (x-axis, where the main colliders are H 2 O and e −), of the CO/H 2 O ice abundance ratio in planetesimals (different line styles) and of the gas kinetic temperature T k (different colours). Fomalhaut B is classified as a BY Draconis variable, a star exhibiting variations in luminosity due to the effects of rotation and starspots. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. [9][10] The process involved public nomination and voting for the new name. reported the discovery of a cold dusty debris disk associated with Fomalhaut C, using infrared images from the Herschel Space Observatory. ApJ., 693, 734 paper. Cloud State University Planetarium of St. The Fomalhaut system is all the more remarkable for offering a means independent of model spectra to get at Fom b's mass: the star is encircled by a belt of dust whose geometry is, in principle, sensitive to the mass and orbit of Fom b. The fluffy morphology of the grains suggests a cometary origin. [9] The metallicity is typically determined by measuring the abundance of iron in the photosphere relative to the abundance of hydrogen. Alternatively, it could be a conglomeration of rubble from a recent collision between comet-to-asteroid-sized bodies, and not actually a planet.[16][8]. paper hinted that it was moving too fast (i.e. Analyses of additional STIS data obtained in 2013 and 2014 argue that Fomalhaut b is fading and expanding in size, a behavior that may support the interpretation of Fomalhaut b as a collision between two asteroid-sized objects.[8]. LP 876-10 is located well within the tidal radius of the Fomalhaut system, which is 1.9 parsecs (6.2 light-years). Its declination is greater than that of Sirius and similar to that of Antares. Continuing the line from Beta to Alpha Pegasi towards the southern horizon, Fomalhaut is about 45˚ south of Alpha Pegasi, with no bright stars in between. A 1997 spectroscopic study measured a value equal to 93% of the Sun's abundance of iron. While Fomalhaut is massive, with a mass of 1.9 times that of the Sun, its companion stars are smaller. “The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible light snapshot of a planet circling another star. But that’s not all. These conclusions are independent of Fom b’s photometry. "[22] In the image, the bright outer oval band is the dust ring, while the features inside of this band represent noise from scattered starlight.[23]. Models of Fomalhaut b sculpting Fomalhaut's debris disk identify 0.5 times Jupiter's mass as a plausible … Nevertheless, back in 2008, astronomers were convinced it was a giant exoplanet about three times the mass of Jupiter; it appeared as a visible moving dot in images snapped by NASA’s Hubble scope. Infrared non-detections suggest that Fomalhaut b cannot be more massive than 2 times Jupiter's mass[4][18] but a lower limit on the mass depends on uncertain details for the nature of Fomalhaut b, its circumplanetary environment, and the existence of other planetary-mass bodies in the system. Assuming that Fomalhaut b's orbit is in the same plane as the debris disk located exterior to it, it orbits Fomalhaut at a distance of approximately 115 AU (1.72×10 km; 1.07×10 mi). Fomalhaut b was initially identified as one of the first exoplanets to be directly imaged: its detection was attributed to reflected light from circumplanetary material (e.g. [45] The mass of the planet, Fomalhaut b, was estimated to be less than three times the mass of Jupiter, and at least the mass of Neptune. [11] In December 2015, the IAU announced the winning name was Dagon. The Fomalhaut system had been a target of exoplanet searches since 1993 in part because of its age — it’s relatively young at just 440 million years old — but especially because it radiates more infrared light than expected from the star alone. However, longer-term monitoring of Fomalhaut b may show evidence that the object is fading with time. At a mere 25 light-years away, Fomalhaut is among the Sun’s closest stellar neighbors. 2012, the Spitzer IR non-detection of Fomalhaut b, Astrobites summary of Boley et al. Measurements of Fomalhaut's rotation indicate that the disk is located in the star's equatorial plane, as expected from theories of star and planet formation. It has a periastron of 7.4 billion km (~50 AU) and an apastron of about 44 billion km (~300 AU). [10][nb 1] A second 1997 study deduced a value of 78%, by assuming Fomalhaut has the same metallicity as the neighboring star TW Piscis Austrini, which has since been argued to be a physical companion. [44] A planet's existence had been previously suspected from the sharp, elliptical inner edge of that disk. Neutron Star Hypothesis for Fomalhaut b 1 A Test of the Neutron Star Hypothesis for Fomalhaut b K. Poppenhaeger,1 ;2? Following the optical imaging of exoplanet candidate Fomalhaut b (Fom b), we present a numerical model of how Fomalhaut's debris disk is gravitationally shaped by a single interior planet. [1] The shape of its spectrum, as determined from measurements obtained at 0.4 to 0.8 μm, appears similar to that of its host star, suggesting that the emission identifying Fomalhaut b is completely due to scattered starlight. Los Angeles, CA – Fomalhaut is a young A-type star approximately twice the mass of our sun, located 25 light years from Earth in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. [58], Fomalhaut has had various names ascribed to it through time, and has been recognized by many cultures of the northern hemisphere, including the Arabs, Persians, and Chinese. [17] In December 2013, Kennedy et al. counterparts. In the discovery paper,[1] Kalas and collaborators suggested that Fomalhaut b's emission originates from two sources: from circumplanetary dust scattering starlight and from planet thermal emission. NASA released the composite discovery photograph on November 13, 2008, coinciding with the publication of Kalas et al. The collision rate is estimated to be approximately 2000 kilometre-sized comets per day. [7] The surface temperature of the star is around 8,590 K (8,320 °C). The host star Fomalhaut has apparent magnitude of 1.2, with absolute magnitude of 1.7. [21], In May 2008, Paul Kalas, James Graham and their collaborators identified Fomalhaut b from Hubble/ACS images taken in 2004 and 2006 at visible wavelengths (i.e. Their non-detections with ground-based infrared data suggested that Fomalhaut b had to be less massive than about 3 Jupiter masses. The designation TW Piscis Austrini is astronomical nomenclature for a variable star. [17] Hence, "membership" to this dynamical group has no bearing on the age of the Fomalhaut system.[17]. discovery in Science. This is an association of stars which share a common motion through space, and have been claimed to be physically associated. [14], The nature of Fomalhaut b is unclear. The inner disk is a high-carbon small-grain (10–300 nm) ash disk, clustering at 0.1 AU from the star. Models of Fomalhaut b sculpting the star's debris disk give a mass 0.5 times that of Jupiter. Effective temperatures, gravities and photospheric abundances", "Anchor Points for the MK System of Spectral Classification", "New HST data and modeling reveal a massive planetesimal collision around Fomalhaut", "Exoplanet Apparently Disappears in Latest Hubble Observations", "Addressing confusion in double star nomenclature: The Washington Multiplicity Catalog", Richard Hinckley Allen: Star Names — Their Lore and Meaning ("Piscis Australis, the Southern Fish", pp. [31] Dagon was a Semitic deity, often represented as half-man, half-fish. Fomalhaut B is a flare star of the type known as a BY Draconis variable. The nature and even the existence of a putative planet-mass companion (“Fomalhaut b”) to Fomalhaut has been debated since 2008. & CLAMPIN M. However, subsequent studies from the Spitzer Space Telescope[18] and a reanalysis of the original HST data[16][4] Here, we present optical observations of an exoplanet candidate, Fomalhaut b. Fomalhaut b lies about 119 astronomical units (AU) from the star and 18 AU of the dust belt, matching predictions of its location. [12] The name Dagon was proposed by Dr. Todd Vaccaro and forwarded by the St. Here, the former explains most of the 0.6 μm brightness and planet thermal emission contributes to much of the 0.8 μm brightness. In the present paper, we reanalyze the multi-epoch ACS/STIS/WFC3 HubbleSpaceTelescope (HST) optical/near-infrared images on which the discovery and some other claims were based. [35][36] A 2012 study gave a slightly higher age of 440±40 million years. [14] Since 1943, the spectrum of this star has served as one of the stable anchor points by which other stars are classified. A recent age estimate for TW PsA (400±70 million years) agrees very well with the isochronal age for Fomalhaut (450±40 million years), further arguing for the two stars forming a physical binary.[7]. Even though the elliptical path of Fomalhaut b appears to cross through the belt in the future, its orbital plane is likely 17 degrees different from the dust belt’s plane. Assuming that Fomalhaut b's orbit is in the same plane as the debris disk located exterior to it, it orbits Fomalhaut at a distance of approximately 115 AU (1.72×1010 km; 1.07×1010 mi). Fomalhaut b is a ghost with a complicated history. [4] Although the initial discovery paper for Fomalhaut b suggested that its optical brightness may be variable due to planetary accretion, later reanalyses of these data fail to find convincing evidence that Fomalhaut b is indeed variable,[4][16][2] thus eliminating evidence for planetary accretion. The team attempted to detect Fomalhaut b in the infrared using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, but was unable to do so. Fomalhaut's Debris Disk and Planet: Constraining the Mass of Fomalhaut b From Disk Morphology 2009 CHIANG E., KITE E., KALAS P., GRAHAM J. Fom b is detected inHST’s F814W (0.7–0.9μm) and F606W (0.45–0.7μm) passbands in 2006. However, its southerly declination is not as great as that of stars such as Acrux, Alpha Centauri and Canopus, meaning that, unlike them, Fomalhaut is visible from a large part of the Northern Hemisphere as well. Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Australis (the Southern Fish). Fomalhaut can be located in northern latitudes by the fact that the western (right-hand) side of the Square of Pegasus points to it. This visible-light image from the Hubble shows the newly discovered planet, Fomalhaut b, orbiting its parent star. At 40°N, Fomalhaut rises above the horizon for eight hours and reaches only 20° above the horizon, while Capella, which rises at approximately the same time, will stay above the horizon for twenty hours. [17] LP 876-10 was originally catalogued as a high-proper-motion star by Willem Luyten in his 1979 NLTT catalogue; however, a precise trigonometric parallax and radial velocity was only measured quite recently. Fomalhaut b is a gas giant exoplanet that orbits an A-type star. But sensitive infrared Spitzer Space Telescope observations failed to detect Fomalhaut b, implying that Fomalhaut b has less than 1 Jupiter mass. K. Auchettl,3 4 S.J. [20] A massive planet on a wide orbit but located interior to this debris ring could clear out parent bodies and dust in its vicinity, leaving the ring appearing to have a sharp inner edge and making it appear offset from the star. The orbital separation of Fomalhaut b is larger than that for directly imaged planets around β Pictoris and HR 8799(8–70 AU). While smaller than the Sun, it is relatively large for a flare star. [4] Fomalhaut b appears as an unresolved point source in the highest-quality data (at 0.6 μm) which would suggest that its projected emitting area cannot be larger than about 0.25 AU, about 1/4th of the Earth–Sun distance. [32], At a declination of −29.6°, Fomalhaut is located south of the celestial equator, and hence is best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. [54], Fomalhaut forms a binary star with the K4-type star TW Piscis Austrini (TW PsA), which lies 0.28 parsecs (0.91 light-years) away from Fomalhaut, and its space velocity agrees with that of Fomalhaut within 0.1±0.5 km/s, consistent with being a bound companion. They also provided a new detection of Fomalhaut b at 0.4 µm. The moving group has an estimated age of 200±100 million years and originated from the same location. Fomalhaut /ˈfoʊməl.hɔːt/,[13] designation Alpha Piscis Austrini (α Piscis Austrini, abbreviated Alpha PsA, α PsA) is the brightest star in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus, the "Southern Fish", and one of the brightest stars in the sky. [18] Furthermore, although the planet was thought to be a plausible explanation for Fomalhaut's eccentric debris ring, measurements in the Kalas et al. The innermost disk is unexplained as yet. Several ground-based observations have searched for this hypothetical Fomalhaut "c" but have yet to find it. [53], If there are additional planets from 4 to 10 AU, they must be under 20 MJ; if from 2.5 outward, then 30 MJ. Its current separation from Fomalhaut A is about 0.77 parsecs (2.5 light-years), and it is currently located 0.987 parsecs (3.22 light-years) away from TW PsA (Fomalhaut B). Fomalhaut is a blue dwarf (A3V) star situated 25.13 light years from Earth that is 1.842 times bigger than the Sun, with 1.92 times its mass, and 16.63 times its luminosity. For the extrasolar planet, see. In 1980, astronomer Jack Robinson proposed that the rising azimuth of Fomalhaut was marked by cairn placements at both the Bighorn and Moose Mountain Medicine Wheels in Wyoming, USA and Saskatchewan, Canada, respectively. Fomalhaut b ass eng Stëbswollek, déi 25 Liichtjoer vun eis ewech läit. In 2019 a team of researchers analyzing the astrometry, radial velocity measurements, and images of Fomalhaut B suggested the existence of a planet orbiting the star with a mass of 1.2+0.7−0.6 Jupiter Masses, and an poorly defined orbital period of up to 80 years. In addi-tion to this published planetary mass companion candidate (called Fomalhaut b), Fomalhaut … [2], At the optical wavelengths at which Fomalhaut b is detected, it is only about 2.7×10−10 times as bright as the star and is the faintest (intrinsically) extrasolar object yet imaged. [39][40] The dust is distributed in a belt about 25 AU wide. Abstract. 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The mass of Fomalhaut b, if a planet, is highly uncertain. [46] There are indications that the orbit is not apsidally aligned with the dust disk, which may indicate that additional planets may be responsible for the dust disk's structure. [29] The orbital separation of Fomalhaut b is larger than that for directly imaged planets around β Pictoris and HR 8799 (8–70 AU). [15] If Fomalhaut b is instead one of two shepherding planets that together confine the debris disk into a narrow ring,[24] it could be anywhere between several times the mass of Mars to slightly more massive than Earth. [7][37] In 2004, a stellar evolutionary model of Fomalhaut yielded a metallicity of 79%. In October 2013, Eric Mamajek and collaborators from the RECONS consortium announced that the previously known high-proper-motion star LP 876-10 had a distance, velocity, and color-magnitude position consistent with being another member of the Fomalhaut system. [15] It is classified as a Vega-like star that emits excess infrared radiation, indicating it is surrounded by a circumstellar disk. Its discovery was announced in 2008. not apsidally aligned) for this explanation to work. Fomalhaut has been a candidate for planet hunting ever since an excess of dust was discovered around the star in the early 1980s by NASA's Infrared Astronomy Satellite, IRAS. [13] Dagon was a Semitic deity, often represented as half-man, half-fish. [2] However, analysis of Fomalhaut b's astrometry showed that the object has a high eccentricity (e = 0.8), its orbit (projected on the sky) crosses the plane of Fomalhaut's debris ring, and thus it is unlikely to be the object sculpting the debris ring's sharp inner edge. We confirm that Following Ptolemy, John Flamsteed in 1725 additionally denoted it 79 Aquarii. Although originally thought to be a massive exoplanet, the faintness of Fomalhaut b in the infrared and its failure to perturb Fomalhaut’s debris ring indicate a low mass. The object was initially announced in 2008 and confirmed as real in 2012 from images taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) on the Hubble Space Telescope and, according to calculations reported in January 2013,[5][6] has a 1,700-year,[2] highly elliptical orbit. Fomalhaut b’s orbit was also odd and very eccentric. [26][27], On October 24, 2012, a team led by Thayne Currie at the University of Toronto announced the first independent recovery of Fomalhaut b and revived the claim that Fomalhaut b identifies a planet. [49] In 2012, two independent studies confirmed that Fomalhaut b does exist, but it is shrouded by debris, so it may be a gravitationally-bound accumulation of rubble rather than a whole planet. LP 876-10 is a red dwarf of spectral type M4V, and located even further from Fomalhaut A than TW PsA—about 5.7° away from Fomalhaut A in the sky, in the neighbouring constellation Aquarius, whereas both Fomalhaut A and TW PsA are located in constellation Piscis Austrinus. Another contentious issue has been the object's orbit. Coordinates: 22h 57m 39.1s, −29° 37′ 20″, This article is about the star. [59], Fomalhaut/Earthwork B, in Mounds State Park near Anderson, Indiana, lines up with the rising of the star Fomalhaut in the fall months, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Fomalhaut’s mass and radius are, respectively, a little more than twice and a little less than twice solar values. Fomalhaut is also the setting for numerous works of fiction and games. The IR non detections limit Fomalhaut b’s mass to be less than about twice Jupiter’s mass. [28] The process involved public nomination and voting for the new names. When applied to the Fomalhaut ring, we consider a primordial origin scenario where H 2 dominates collisional excitation of CO, and a secondary origin scenario dominated by e and H 2O. [31] At slightly wider scales comparable to the locations of planets around HR 8799, any additional planets must have masses below about 2 to 7 Jupiter masses. They modeled the optical detections and infrared upper limits for Fomalhaut b, showing that Fomalhaut b's emission can be completely explained by starlight scattered by small dust and arguing that this dust surrounds an unseen planetary-mass object. If Fom b is the dominant perturber of the belt, then to produce the observed disk … [19] The belt is not centered on the star, and has a sharper inner boundary than would normally be expected. [32] Fomalhaut b could have formed in situ if it coalesced from small pebble-sized objects that rapidly formed into a protoplanetary core which in turn accreted a gaseous envelope. 344–47), "Bulletin of the IAU Working Group on Star Names, No. They considered two models to explain the SED: (1) a large circumplanetary disk around a massive, but unseen, planet and (2) the aftermath of a collision during the past 100 years of two Kuiper belt objects of radii about 50 km.[16]. Multiple-star systems hosting multiple debris disks are exceedingly rare. Fomalhaut was the first stellar system with an extrasolar planet candidate (designated Fomalhaut b, later named Dagon) imaged at visible wavelengths. Its discovery was publicly announced on 2008. Though Fomalhaut is in the main sequence and only a bit larger than the Sun, the star produces considerably more energy in the visible light spectrum, shining with a luminosity around 16 times that … Its mass is 2.6 Jupiters, it takes 1522 years to complete one orbit of its star, and is 160 AU from its star. [30] Alternatively, if it is a transient dust cloud it must be extremely young,[4] perhaps having formed within the last few centuries. [7], Fomalhaut is slightly metal-deficient compared to the Sun, which means it is composed of a smaller percentage of elements other than hydrogen and helium. Fomalhaut by Kalas et al. The second star, Fomalhaut B, is 0.7 solar masses, and the third, Fomalhaut C, is tiny red dwarf of only 0.2 solar masses. [30] The winning name was proposed by Todd Vaccaro and forwarded by the St. (2008) was widely regarded as a great success for the direct imaging detection method. In either scenario, we obtain a strict upper limit on the CO mass of 4.9 410 M. This arises in the non-LTE regime, where the The WGSN's first bulletin of July 2016[27] included a table of the first two batches of names approved by the WGSN, which included the name Fomalhaut for this star. Analysis of existing and new data[19][20] suggests Fomalhaut b is not a planet, rather an expanding dust disk resulting from a former collision. a dust ring) and thermal emission from a jovian planet atmosphere. USS Fomalhaut (AK-22) was a United States navy amphibious cargo ship. study. Subsequent Hubble data obtained in 2010 and 2012 with the STIS instrument by Paul Kalas and collaborators again recovered Fomalhaut b. [8], In order for Fomalhaut b to be detectable at optical wavelengths, it must have an emitting area much larger than the physical size of a planet,[1] a fact further strengthening the case that what we see as Fomalhaut b is not light coming from a planetary atmosphere. It varies slightly in apparent magnitude, ranging from 6.44 to 6.49 over a 10.3 day period. Other members of this group include Castor and Vega. Fomalhaut b's high eccentricity may be evidence for a significant dynamical interaction with a hitherto unseen planet at a smaller orbital separation. The star's traditional name derives from Fom al-Haut from scientific Arabic فم الحوت fam al-ḥūt (al-janūbī) "the mouth of the [Southern] Fish" (literally, "mouth of the whale"), a translation of how Ptolemy labeled it. If Fomalhaut b is a planet sculpting the debris ring, it probably must be at least Neptune’s mass with the most current models favoring about half Jupiter’s mass. Radius and age of α PsA, β Leo, β Pic, ɛ Eri and τ Cet", "High-resolution spectroscopy of Vega-like stars - I. Fomalhaut b then began dimming, and by 2014 the telescope could no longer detect it. They published their findings in the journal Science, describing the the massive, young planet as three times the mass of Jupiter. [7][8], The object was one of those selected by the International Astronomical Union as part of their public process for giving proper names to exoplanets. [35] More recent work has found that purported members of the Castor Moving Group appear to not only have a wide range of ages, but their velocities are too different to have been possibly associated with one another in the distant past. However, Fomalhaut b should be detectable in space-based infrared data if its mass is between 1-3 Jupiter masses. While it is unclear whether Fomal… However, its southerly declination is not as great as that of stars such as Acrux, Alpha Centauri and Canopus, meaning that, unlike them, Fomalhaut is visible from a large part of the Northern Hemisphere as well. Its estimated surface temperature is 4,711 K and its luminosity only 0.19 L ☉. [21] Fomalhaut is the third-brightest star (as viewed from Earth) known to have a planetary system, after the Sun and Pollux. instead suggest that Fomalhaut b's light is scattered starlight, not planet thermal emission. Fomalhaut is a trinary system, meaning there are actually three stars gravitationally-bound together. The model is simple, adaptable to other debris disks, and can be extended to accommodate multiple planets. The classical astronomer Ptolemy put it in Aquarius, as well as Piscis Austrinus. 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[16] Fomalhaut, K-type main-sequence star TW Piscis Austrini, and M-type, red dwarf star LP 876-10 constitute a triple system, even though the companions are separated by approximately 8 degrees.[17][18]. [47], However, M-band images taken from the MMT Observatory put strong limits on the existence of gas giants within 40 AU of the star,[48] and Spitzer Space Telescope imaging suggested that the object Fomalhaut b was more likely to be a dust cloud. 2012, the ALMA observations of the Fomalhaut ring system, Researchers find that bright nearby double star Fomalhaut is actually a triple, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fomalhaut&oldid=988647788, Articles with Chinese-language sources (zh), Articles with obsolete information from May 2013, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, To the Moporr Aboriginal people of South Australia, it is a masculine being called, This page was last edited on 14 November 2020, at 12:32. Wolk2 1Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast, University Road, BT7 1NN Belfast, United Kingdom 2Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, 02138 MA, USA 3Center for Cosmology and Astro … To explain its current location, Fomalhaut b could have been dynamically scattered by a more massive, unseen body located at smaller separations. Its declination is greater than that of Sirius and similar to that of Antares. [63], The New Scientist magazine termed it the "Great Eye of Sauron", due to its shape and debris ring, when viewed from a distance, bearing similarity to the aforementioned "Eye" in the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films.[64]. [56], LP 876-10 is also associated with the Fomalhaut system, making it a trinary star. As of May 25, 2013 it is 110 AU from its parent star. [11], Fomalhaut has been claimed to be one of approximately 16 stars belonging to the Castor Moving Group. [24][25] In 2016, the International Astronomical Union organized a Working Group on Star Names (WGSN)[26] to catalog and standardize proper names for stars. 0.6 and 0.8 μm). [1] A spherical cloud of dust with a radius of 0.004 AU (600,000 km; 370,000 mi) can make Fomalhaut b visible. In July 2014, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) launched a process for giving proper names to certain exoplanets. The image was published in Science in November 2008. Most flare stars are red M-type dwarfs. It marked the solstice in 2500 BC. [24][25] These results invoked skepticism about Fomalhaut b's status as an extrasolar planet. Fomalhaut — often pronounced FO-MA-LO — is one of those bright stars that appears vivid in our skies due to its close proximity to our home planet. [43], On November 13, 2008, astronomers announced an object, which they assumed to be an extrasolar planet, orbiting just inside the outer debris ring. Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Austrinus (the Southern Fish). [16], Fomalhaut b is orbiting its host star at a wide separation, where forming massive planets is difficult. Estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter’s mass, the planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away in the constellation Piscis Austrinus (the Southern Fish).” At very small, Solar-System-like scales any additional companions must have a mass less than thirteen times the mass of Jupiter. [33], Fomalhaut b's position in 2004 and 2006 (ACS), Artistic rendition of Fomalhaut b as a planet which revolves around its parent star, Visualisation of Fomalhaut and Fomalhaut b (artist's impression), Coordinates: 22h 57m 39.1s, −29° 37′ 20″, For the second star in the Fomalhaut system, see, Recovery, independent confirmation by Hubble and further additional findings, List of star systems within 25–30 light-years, "NASA's Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit For Fomalhaut B", "Hubble Reveals Rogue Planetary Orbit for Fomalhaut b (News Release Number: STScI-2013-01)", "The Case of the Disappearing Exoplanet - Fomalhaut b was one of the first planets around another star to be directly imaged by telescopes. Fomalhaut's mass is about 1.92 times that of the Sun, its luminosity is about 16.6 times greater, and its diameter is roughly 1.84 times as large. The F606W flux is variable; the flux in 2006 was about half of that in 2004. Fomalhaut b appears to be moving at about 4 kilometers per second. Fomalhaut's dusty disk is believed to be protoplanetary,[42] and emits considerable infrared radiation. Next is a disk of larger particles, with inner edge 0.4-1 AU of the star. The model is simple, adaptable to other debris disks, and can be extended to accommodate multiple planets. Finally, researchers analyzing September–October 2011 Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) data for Fomalhaut's debris ring suggested an alternate hypothesis: that the ring could be shaped by much smaller, shepherding planets, neither of which needed to be Fomalhaut b. [52], Observations of the star's outer dust ring by the Atacama Large Millimeter Array point to the existence of two planets in the system, neither one at the orbital radius proposed for the HST-discovered Fomalhaut b. The revival of the claim that Fomalhaut b is (possibly) a planet after it had been discounted led some to nickname the object a "zombie planet",[28] although this is a non-technical term used in press material and does not appear in any peer-reviewed manuscript. [50][51], Herschel Space Observatory images of Fomalhaut reveal that a large amount of fluffy micrometer-sized dust is present in the outer dust belt. The true nature of Fomalhaut b is the subject of significant debate. Fomalhaut B has an estimated mass of 0.725 solar masses and a radius 63% that of the Sun. Because such dust is expected to be blown out of the system by stellar radiation pressure on short timescales, its presence indicates a constant replenishment by collisions of planetesimals. [22] Under the rules for naming objects in multiple star systems, the three components – Fomalhaut, TW Piscis Austrini and LP 876-10 – are designated A, B and C, respectively. Fomalhaut b has subsequently been described as a low-mass planet whose surrounding dust cloud is entirely responsible for its detection or, most recently, debris from a collision of asteroids instead. The non-detections with Subaru and Spitzer imply that Fomalhaut b must have less than twice the mass of Jupiter. We use all available data to reveal that it has faded in brightness and grown in extent, with … Models for Fomalhaut b assuming it is surrounded by a swarm of planetesimals imply that it could be much lower mass (10–100 times the mass of Earth). [41] The disk is sometimes referred to as "Fomalhaut's Kuiper belt". On one hand, Fomalhaut b could be a planet less than twice Jupiter's mass that is either enshrouded in a spherical cloud of dust from ongoing planetesimal collisions[4][15] or surrounded by a large circumplanetary ring system,[1] either of which are responsible for scattering the primary star's light and thus making Fomalhaut b visible. Fomalhaut is a blue dwarf (A3V) star situated 25.13 light years from Earth that is 1.842 times bigger than the Sun, with 1.92 times its mass, and 16.63 times its luminosity. [23] On its discovery, the planet was designated Fomalhaut b. α Piscis Austrini (Latinised to Alpha Piscis Austrini) is the system's Bayer designation. [4], A second paper made public a day later and led by Raphael Galicher and Christian Marois at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics also independently recovered Fomalhaut b and confirmed the new 0.4 µm detection, claiming the spectral energy distribution (SED) of Fomalhaut b cannot be explained as due to direct or scattered radiation from a massive planet. Fomalhaut b, formally named Dagon (/ˈdeɪɡən/),[3] is a confirmed,[4] directly imaged[1] extrasolar object and candidate planet orbiting the A-type main-sequence star Fomalhaut, approximately 25 light-years away in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible light snapshot of a planet circling another star. It was also a marker for the worship of Demeter in Eleusis. The separation between Fomalhaut A and b is some 100 au or 13 arcsec. [17] Although LP 876-10 is itself catalogued as a binary star in the Washington Double Star Catalog (called "WSI 138"), there was no sign of a close-in stellar companion in the imaging, spectral, or astrometric data in the Mamajek et al. Following the optical imaging of the exoplanet candidate Fomalhaut b (Fom b), we present a numerical model of how Fomalhaut's debris disk is gravitationally shaped by an interior planet. [9] Finally, in 2008, a spectroscopic measurement gave a significantly lower value of 46%. 2M1207 b, GQ Lup b, DH Tau b, AB Pic b, CHXR 73 b, UScoCTIO 108 b, CT Cha b, 1RXS 1609 b) in that their emission was thought to originate at least in part from a planetary atmosphere. It is around 440 million years old, or less than halfway through its one billion year lifespan, and has a surface temperature of around 8,500 kelvins compared to 5,778 K for the Sun . Fomalhaut b’s closest approach to the star (periastron) is approximately 30 au and the orbital period is roughly 1,700 years. Cloud, Minnesota, United States of America, to the IAU for consideration. Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, List of star systems within 25–30 light-years, "VLTI near-IR interferometric observations of Vega-like stars. Fomalhaut b appears to be moving at about 4 kilometers per second. The geometric center of the disk is offset by about 15 AU (2.2×109 km; 1.4×109 mi) from Fomalhaut. Fomalhaut b and three companions around HR 8799, whose discovery was announced simultaneously, were described as the first directly imaged extrasolar planets[17] (among earlier claims such as e.g. [1][4] However, it may be resolved at slightly longer wavelengths and in the most recently analyzed HST data, which would indicate that its emitting area is larger.[16][8]. At 40°N, Fomalhaut rises above the horizon for eight hours and reaches only 20° above the horizon, while The existence of a massive planet orbiting Fomalhaut was first inferred from Hubble observations published in 2005 that resolved the structure of Fomalhaut's massive, cold debris disk (or dust belt/ring). [29] In December 2015, the IAU announced the winning name was Dagon for this planet. Fomalhaut b is an exoplanet orbiting the star Fomalhaut, located about 25.1 light-years (7.7 pc) away from Solar System. Deciphering Fomalhaut b. it is not orbiting in the same plane as the disk), its orbit is not completely nested within the debris disk. Fomalhaut is surrounded by several debris disks. In the 1600s Johann Bayer firmly planted it in the primary position of Piscis Austrinus. Observations in 2005 with Keck in theHband (1.5–1.8μm) and in 2008 with Gemini in L-prime (3.2–4μm) gave only upper limits. [16], The outermost disk is at a radial distance of 133 AU (1.99×1010 km; 1.24×1010 mi), in a toroidal shape with a very sharp inner edge, all inclined 24 degrees from edge-on. It is 1.9 times more massive and 1.8 times bigger compared with our Sun. This distance is about 18 AU (2.7×10 km; 1.7×10 mi) closer to the star than the inner edge of the debris disk. Fomalhaut, a bright star 7.7 parsecs (25 light-years) from Earth, harbors a belt of cold dust with a structure consistent with gravitational sculpting by an orbiting planet. [4] They reanalyzed the original Hubble data using new, more powerful algorithms for separating planet light from starlight and confirmed that Fomalhaut b does exist. The current designation reflects modern consensus on Bayer's decision, that the star belongs in Piscis Austrinus. At a declination of −29.6°, Fomalhaut is located south of the celestial equator, and hence is best viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. A circumplanetary ring system is large enough to scatter enough starlight to make Fomalhaut b visible only if it has a radius between 20 and 40 times that of Jupiter's radius. If Fomalhaut b is a gas giant like Jupiter or Saturn, it probably formed several million years after the host star itself was formed, making it roughly 450 million years old. If Fom b is the dominant perturber of the belt, then to produce the observed disk morphology it must have a mass Mpl < 3MJ, an orbital semimajor axis apl> 101.5 AU, and an orbital eccentricity epl = 0.11–0.13. I nearly had a heart attack at the end of May when I confirmed that Fomalhaut b orbits its parent star. At a system age of ~ 200 Myr, detritus from the formation of the Fomalhaut planetary system still remains. [4] While it is unclear whether Fomalhaut b's orbit will make it cross the debris disk or cross the debris disk only in projection (i.e. Thus, they consider Fomalhaut b to plausibly be a "planet identified from direct imaging" even if Fomalhaut b is not, strictly speaking, a directly imaged planet insofar as the light does not come from a planetary atmosphere. [1][22], Kalas remarked, "It's a profound and overwhelming experience to lay eyes on a planet never before seen. This distance is about 18 AU (2.7×109 km; 1.7×109 mi) closer to the star than the inner edge of the debris disk. It is a class A star on the main sequence approximately 25 light-years (7.7 pc) from the Sun as measured by the Hipparcos astrometry satellite. 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