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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Fomalhaut and its debris disc

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Fomalhaut and its debris disc This image of the young star Fomalhaut shows a debris disc similar to what the Kuiper Belt may have looked like in our own solar system's early days. Fomalhaut is home to the first directly-imaged extrasolar planet, Fomalhaut b.

ESA/Herschel/PACS/Bram Acke, KU Leuven, Belgium

Original image data dated on or about June 29, 2012

 

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