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Science Release: Hubble Observes Aftermath of Massive Collision

20 Apr 2020, 19:00 UTC
Science Release: Hubble Observes Aftermath of Massive Collision

The object was previously believed to be a planet, called Fomalhaut b, and was first announced in 2008 based on data taken in 2004 and 2006. It was clearly visible in several years of Hubble observations that revealed it as a moving dot. Unlike other directly imaged exoplanets, nagging puzzles with Fomalhaut b arose early on. The object was unusually bright in visible light, but did not have any detectable infrared heat signature. 

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