The Eye of Sauron Reveals a Forming Solar System

Fomalhaut is a massive young star surrounded by a ring of dust debris that can tell us a great deal about the formation of our own solar system. Get your first two months of Curiosity Stream free by going to http://curiositystream.com/spacetime and using the promo code “spacetime”.

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Fomalhaut is an awe-inspiring star that could unlock many mysteries concerning how our own solar system formed.

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Sources:
A Planetary System as the Origin of Structure in Fomalhaut’s Dust Belt
Kalas, Graham & Clampin (2005)
https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0506574

STIS Coronographic Imaging OF Fomalhaut: Main Belt Structure and teh Orbit of Fomalhaut b
Kalas, Graham ,Fitzgerald & Clampin (2013)
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10….

Infrared Non-detection of Fomalhaut b — Implications for the Planet Interpretation
Janson, Carson, Lafreniere, Spiegel, Bent & Wong (2012)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1201.4388

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