Cambridge, United Kingdom
50.000 x 40.000 x 2.000 cm.
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Fomalhaut The Loneliest One
Painting - Oil On Canvas
Fomalhaut is commonly known as the Loneliest Star, the Lonely One, the Solitary One and only for this reason it is the best candidate inspire artists, poets, and creative minds. If we take into account its phenomenal debris disks, however, this becomes one of the most known spectacular landscapes of the near space.
Fomalhaut (Alpha Piscis Austrini, Alpha PsA, α Piscis Austrini, α PsA), is a class A star twice as massive and 20 times brighter as the Sun. It the brightest star in the costellation Piscis Austrinus.
Formalhaut the loneliest, Formalhaut the lonely one, Formalhaut the solitary one, owes this rather poetic name to the fact that it is the only bright star in a large area of the sky.
Two planets are hypothesized to orbit around this star, because of the shape of the debris disks (you can easily see this in the painting). However, scientists have struggled to capture even the most "sure" of them, i.e., Fomalhaut b.
The exoplanet Fomalhaut b is sometimes called �the zombie planet�; this peculiar name is due to the debates and story of this planet. In particular, this "zombie" seems to rise from the grave: first discovered in 2008, it was afterwards supposed to be a just a dust cloud and is now believed to be a planet with the weirdest orbit seen so far.
The hubble telescope has in fact recorded an orbit that doesn't follow the debris disk, but goes against it, and takes 2000 years to complete.
January 13th, 2013
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