Fomalhaut (alpha Piscis Austrini)

Artist impression by ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Fomalhaut (alpha Piscis Austrini)

Star details
  • Constellation: the Southern Fish
  • Vmag: 1.2
  • Visibility: Visible to the naked eye
  • Number of Planets: 1

Planet details

Fomalhaut b

  • Mass (Jupiters): 3
  • Mass (Earths): 953.5
  • Period (days): 320000
  • Semi Major Axis (AU): 115

Proposed names

Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b PLOMY
PLOMY stands for the PLanet Of the FoMalhaut and the discoverY. This name means the planet was discovered in the Fomalhaut system with the HST directly.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b ichtus
The ichtus or ichthys (Greek ΙΧΘΥΣ , [' ix.θys ] "fish" ) is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs form that looks like the profile of a fish, the fish is also interpreted from the archetypal psychology symbol of the profound truth ( underwater) that is hidden to be caught and then come out . Shining in secret at first , and the fisherman must get to feed.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Dagon
Dagon, an ancient Syrian “fish god” should be the name of the exoplanet orbiting the bright star Fomalhaut (alpha Piscis Austrini) for many reasons. This system resides in, Piscis Australis, or the “Southern Fish”, so it’s only natural to associate a fish deity with this constellation and it is consistent with the current naming of planets as gods from various pantheons. The name Fomalhaut is Arabic for “Fish’s mouth”, further strengthening the fish theme.

In addition to these historical considerations, Dagon has also been used (and recreated) in the 20th century literature of H. P. Lovecraft in his short story “Dagon” (1919) with reference to an “ancient Philistine legend of Dagon, the Fish-God”. A further connection can be traced to a subsequent story written by a purveyor of the Lovecraftian mythos, August Derleth, who wrote “The Dweller in the Darkness” (1944) that features Fomalhaut as the home of beings that assist the protagonists.

Naming the exoplanet Dagon would both honor the established tradition of using mythological deities and possibly establish a doorway to using fictitious god or god-like names in the future. Dagon would also be a posthumous nod to H. P Lovecraft who always strived to write about “cosmic wonder”.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b LIADA
LIADA: Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomía

The Ibero-American Astronomy League, LIADA, trying to organize, promote, lead and facilitate the efforts of astronomers vocational Ibero-America.

It involves professional astronomers, thus crystallizing the collaboration between the two groups that nourish our beloved activity: Astronomy.

Agreed objectives LIADA members are:

1. To encourage the study of astronomy and the observation of the sky in those areas that are most significant.

2. Uniting all Earth observers who speak Spanish and Portuguese.

3. Encourage communication between professionals and amateurs.

4. Disseminate and expand the respect and appreciation for the Earth as a planet.

5. Place the work of the members.

LIADA is heir of the historic Latin American Astronomical League, Llada, founded by Victor Estremadoyro inspiration Robles, the October 18, 1958 in Lima, Peru.


Its reorganization as "Iberoamericana" happened on December 12, 1982 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Its Headquarters from 2000 is the Astronomical Observatory and Space Museum (CODE) of Santa Fe, Argentina (www.obscode.liada.net)

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"... Semper observandum ..."

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Yangming
Fomalhaut is called 北落師門 in Chinese, means the gate of North base.
Yangming Wang, who is good at philosopher, official, educationist, calligraphist and general during the Ming dynasty.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Arapira
Arapira is the union of two words in Guaraní, a minor language that is spoken in Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Brasil. “Ara” means time, and “pira”, fish. Arapira would mean “the time of the fish”, and it has a great relation to the meaning of Fomalhaut (“mouth of the fish”, in Arabic) not only in connection with the word fish itself, but also with the place that the planet occupies in the space-time in our universe. The word Arapira is simple, with an easy pronunciation, it has a nice sound and a reasonable length. Fomalhaut is the brightest star of Piscis Austrinus, a constellation in the south hemisphere. Therefore, Arapira would be an excellent name for Fomalhaut b, considering that is a word in a language spoken in four countries of South America. We believe that this name proposal is reasonable to be sent by an Argentinian institution. The name Arapira was proposed by a visitor of our Planetarium and in order to know if the meaning of the word was valid, we consulted with specialists in Guarani language, who have certified it (and they also added that the pronunciation would be with the stress in the last syllable "a-ra-pi-ra").
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Ninja
A professional spy in feudal Japan.
Fomalhaut b is a mysterious planet. Some people say it isn't a planet,and some people say it is a planet which dust surrounds.
It hasn't showed its true colors clearly. It exactly matches an image of Ninja.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Petit-Cichlid
Petit-Cichlid means 'Little baby fish in its parent's mouth of a southern fish, Fomalhaut'.
The name 'Fomalhaut' means 'the mouth of a southern fish.
Cichlid is the name of a mouthbrooding fish living in the southern oceans and lakes, which brings up its babies in its mouth.
And we would like to name the planet of Fomalhaut, 'Petit-Cichlid'.
Because the planet is just like a baby cichlid in its parent's mouth of the southern fish, Fomalhaut. Petit means 'small or little' in French and it adds an atmosphere of the cuteness as well as the smallness. So we propose the name 'Petit-Cichlid' for Fomalhaut b.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b StellaMarino
Piscis Austrinus is a constellation related to water. Fomalhaut is a primary star of Piscis Austrinus. The planet of the Fomalhaut, we will propose this name, which means star of sea.

The universe is like a sea filled to star. It's expected that there is a star where much life like the earth exists in the stars.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Kuro-obi
It's Japanese and means Blackbelt. We can get hope and energy from it!
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Naminohana
Naminohana literally means 'flower of waves'. It is a typical word only expressed in Japanese, and is a metaphor for the waves named after their behavior and their form. The time when the waves make their bubbles and when they disappear, their movement reminds us of a life of cherry blossoms falling off their petals in less than ten days, which implies an ephemerality of all living beings.
Fomalhaut b as a part of the Southern Fish in its constellation, we would sincerely like to name it Naminohana. Besides, Naminohana as a metaphor of an ocean of life in the universe, like a fish live and die in water or like a flower bloom vibrating with a rhythm of the universe.
Further, this expression is widely used among sailors and surfers in southern islands of Japan.

We hope all the planets and the planetary system will receive wonderful names, which would intrigue further inspiration and imagination for human beings.

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Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b soramitaka
"soramitaka" is a Japanese word. " sora" means the sky or the space. "mitaka" means the name of city Mitaka. "soramitaka" means the sky(space) of Mitaka.
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Dokabai
A lot of volcanic ash falls like from Sakurajima. Is is Kagoshima!!!
Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Cthunga
“In the Mouth of the Whale” is a 2012 science fiction novel by Paul J. McAuley, which names a gas giant in the Fomalhaut system as Cthunga. It is in the constellation of the Southern Fish, which is an old constellation named when whales were considered fish. Planets in the Fomalhaut system feature in several sci-fi novels, as Fomalhaut has been a popular setting for authors. We hope that other planets will be found in this system, and that they too can be named following this sci-fi theme. Different authors have already named the planets Fomalhaut II, III and V, with I being the planet closest to Fomalhaut, etc. We would simply change this to have I as the first planet discovered, etc. Hence Cthunga is our choice for the first planet to be discovered, which would then become Fomalhaut I.
The other planets in the Fomalhaut system could then follow in order of discovery as:
Fomalhaut II is Rokanan in “Rocannon's World” by Ursula K. Le Guin (1966);
Fomalhaut III is Dorsai by Gordon R. Dickson in his book “Dorsai!” (1960);
Fomalhaut V is Zelos in "The War Games of Zelos" by Richard Avery (1975);
Fomalhaut IV is not explicitly named, but the planet “Whale's Mouth” from the novel “The Unteleported Man” by Philip K. Dick (1966) is a planet in the Fomalhaut system, and we would recommend this name for Fomalhaut IV.

Selected by ASWA members via our newsgroup.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Leisurely Fish
We’d like to show the name‘Leisurely Fish’ for the companion star of Fomalhaut belonging to PsA. The reason why we say it leisurely is that the star moves very slowly. In addition, there is a word ‘fish’ in the name because it belongs to PsA. With the faster and faster speed of modern life, we forget to slow down to enjoy our life. So we want to use the name to remind everyone of slowing down to enjoy the beautiful night sky just as a leisurely fish.

We’d like to show the name‘Leisurely Fish’ for the companion star of Fomalhaut belonging to PsA. The reason why we say it leisurely is that the star moves very slowly. In addition, there is a word ‘fish’ in the name because it belongs to PsA. With the faster and faster speed of modern life, we forget to slow down to enjoy our life. So we want to use the name to remind everyone of slowing down to enjoy the beautiful night sky just as a leisurely fish.

Star name / planet name Proposed names
Fomalhaut b Labroides
Fomalhaut=Mouth of large fish

Labroides=Small fish to clean the mouth of large fish