The James Webb Space Telescope has made a groundbreaking discovery of three asteroid belts around the nearby young star Fomalhaut. This marks the first time asteroid belts have been detected outside our solar system in infrared light. The warm and dusty structures are more complex than the Kuiper asteroid belt.
Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the southern constellation Piscis Austrinus and can be observed with the naked eye. The star is surrounded by debris belts that are composed of debris from collisions of larger bodies. These debris belts are also known as “debris disks”.
The discovery of the three asteroid belts was made using the James Webb Space Telescope, which is a space observatory that will be launched in 2021. The telescope is a joint project between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
Significance of the Discovery
The discovery of the three asteroid belts around Fomalhaut provides new insights into the formation and evolution of planetary systems outside our solar system. The James Webb Space Telescope will continue to observe Fomalhaut and other nearby stars, providing further opportunities for exciting discoveries.
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