from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus, 24 light-years from Earth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus and one of the brightest stars in the night sky; Alpha (α) Piscis Austrini.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A star of the first magnitude, in the constellation Piscis Australis, or Southern Fish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The first-magnitude star situated in the mouth of the Southern Fish, Piscis Austrinus.
Paul Kalas, the lead astronomer for the Berkeley team, said he "nearly had a heart attack" when he found the new planet, which he calls Fomalhaut b.
Not only that, but Fomalhaut is moving with respect to us, and this proper motion across the sky can be measured.
Seeing as there's been a dry spell of planets named Fomalhaut from the current generation of writers (unless y'all wanna prove me wrong), I promise that the next SF story I write involving space travel will now contain a lava-red planet with breathable air called Fummelhot.
The planet, called Fomalhaut b, orbits the 200-million-year-old star every 872 years.
Kalas and his team used the Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys to image the dust belt around Fomalhaut, which is 25 light years from Earth.
Using the new tool, UC Berkeley astronomer Paul Kalas was able to grab the first snapshots of the planet now known as Fomalhaut b.
The team estimates that the planet, dubbed Fomalhaut b, is 11bn miles away from its star, about as massive as Jupiter and completes an orbit in about 870 years.
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, or the "Southern Fish."
The Hubble Telescope discovered the fuzzy image of the planet, known as Fomalhaut b, which is no more that a white speck in the lower right portion of the dust ring that surrounds the star.
Scientists Directly Observe Three Distant Planets - The Hubble Space Telescope captured a fuzzy image of the planet, known as Fomalhaut b, which is no more than a white speck in the dust ring that surrounds the star.