Astronomy:HD 80606 b

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Short description: Eccentric hot Jupiter in the constellation Ursa Major
HD 80606 b
Exoplanet Comparison HD 80606 b.gif
Computer simulation of weather systems on HD 80606 b,
to scale with Jupiter
Discovered byGeneva Extrasolar Planet Search
Discovery siteHaute-Provence Observatory
Discovery date4 April 2001[1]
Radial velocity
Orbital characteristics
astron|astron|helion}}0.876 AU (131,000,000 km)
astron|astron|helion}}0.0301 AU (4,500,000 km)
0.453 ± 0.015 AU (67,800,000 ± 2,200,000 km)[2]
Eccentricity0.9336 ± 0.0002[3]
Orbital period111.436 ± 0.003[2] d
Average Orbital speed8.8 km/s – 47.3 km/s[notes 1]
Inclination89.285 ± 0.023[3]
astron|astron|helion}}2,454,424.857 ± 0.05[2]
300.4977 ± 0.0045[3]
Semi-amplitude472 ± 5[2]
StarHD 80606
Physical characteristics
Mass4.0 ± 0.3[2] ||J}}}}}}
Mean density4,440 ± 240 kg/m3 (7,480 ± 400 lb/cu yd)[3]
9.6 g
Physicsat periastron: 1500 K

HD 80606 b (also Struve 1341 B b or HIP 45982 b) is an eccentric and hot Jupiter 190 light-years from the Sun in the constellation of Ursa Major. HD 80606 b was discovered orbiting the star HD 80606 in April 2001 by a team led by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz.[1] With a mass 4 times that of Jupiter, it is a gas giant. Because the planet transits the host star its radius can be determined using the transit method and was found to be slightly smaller than Jupiter's. Its density is slightly less than Earth's.[3] It has an extremely eccentric orbit like a comet, with its orbit taking it very close to its star and then back out very far away from it every 111 days.[4]


The variable radial velocity of HD 80606 was first noticed in 1999 from observations with the 10-m Keck 1 telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii by the G-Dwarf Planet Search, a survey of nearly 1000 nearby G dwarfs to identify extrasolar planet candidates. The star was then followed up by the Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search team using the ELODIE spectrograph mounted on the 1.93-m telescope at the Haute-Provence Observatory. The discovery of HD 80606 b was announced on 4 April 2001.[1][5]

Physical properties

Orbital motion of HD 80606 b.

HD 80606 b has the most eccentric orbit of any known planet after HD 20782 b. Its eccentricity is 0.9336, comparable to Halley's Comet. The eccentricity may be a result of the Kozai mechanism, which would occur if the planet's orbit is significantly inclined to that of the binary stars. This interpretation is supported by measurements of the Rossiter–McLaughlin effect, which indicate that the planet's orbit may be significantly inclined (by 42±8°.[6][7]) to the rotational axis of the star, a configuration which would be expected if the Kozai mechanism were responsible for the orbit.[2]

As a result of this high eccentricity, the planet's distance from its star varies from 0.03 to 0.88 AU. At apastron it would receive an insolation similar to that of Earth, while at periastron the insolation would be around 800 times greater, far more than that experienced by Mercury in the Solar System. In 2009, the eclipse of HD 80606 b by its parent star was detected, allowing measurements of the planet's temperature to be made as the planet passed through periastron. These measurements indicated that the temperature rose from around 800 K (500 °C / 1000 °F) to 1500 K (1200 °C / 2200 °F) in just 6 hours.[8]

An observer above the cloud tops of the gas giant would see the parent star swell to 30 times the apparent size of the Sun in our own sky.[9] File:PIA20066-HD80606b-animation-20160328.webm The transit was detected using a Celestron 35-cm Schmidt–Cassegrain telescope at the UCL Observatory.[3] Prior to the large data release of the Kepler Mission in February 2011, HD 80606 b has the longest orbital period of any known transiting planet. It takes 12.1 hours to transit its star.

The transit of 14 January 2010 was partially observed by MOST; but there were equipment failures over part of this time, and the 8 January secondary transit was entirely lost.[10] The midpoint of the next transit was 1 February 2013 11:37 UT.[11]


The planet has wild variations in its weather as it orbits its parent star. Computer models predict the planet heats up 555 °C (1,000 °F) in just a matter of hours triggering "shock wave storms" with winds that move 15 times faster than the speed of sound, at 3 miles per second (10800 mph / 17400 km/h / 4800 m/s).[8][12]

HD 80606 b - infrared light curve (28 March 2016).


  1. From perimeter of the orbit divided by orbital period.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Exoplanets: The Hunt Continues!" (Press release). Garching, Germany: European Southern Observatory. 4 April 2001. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Moutou, C. (April 2009). "Photometric and spectroscopic detection of the primary transit of the 111-day-period planet HD 80606 b". Astronomy and Astrophysics 498 (5): L5–L8. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200911954. Bibcode2009A&A...498L...5M. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Fossey, S. J.; Waldman, I. P.; Kipping, D. M. (2009). "Detection of a transit by the planetary companion of HD 80606". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 396 (1): L16–L20. doi:10.1111/j.1745-3933.2009.00653.x. Bibcode2009MNRAS.396L..16F. 
  4. "Investigating the Mystery of Migrating 'Hot Jupiters'".™. 
  5. Naef, D. et al. (2001). "HD 80606 b, a planet on an extremely elongated orbit". Astronomy and Astrophysics 375 (2): L27–L30. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20010853. Bibcode2001A&A...375L..27N. 
  6. Albrecht, Simon; Winn, Joshua N.; Johnson, John A.; Howard, Andrew W.; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Butler, R. Paul; Arriagada, Pamela; Crane, Jeffrey D. et al. (2012), "Obliquities of Hot Jupiter Host Stars: Evidence for Tidal Interactions and Primordial Misalignments", The Astrophysical Journal 757 (1): 18, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/757/1/18, Bibcode2012ApJ...757...18A 
  7. PONT (2009). "Spin-orbit misalignment in the HD 80606 planetary system". Astronomy & Astrophysics 502 (2): 695–703. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/200912463. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Laughlin, G. (2009). "Rapid heating of the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet". Nature 457 (7229): 562–564. doi:10.1038/nature07649. PMID 19177124. Bibcode2009Natur.457..562L. 
  9. Robert Massey; Anita Heward (21 April 2009). "RAS PN 09/23 (NAM 10): London students find Jupiter-sized oddball planet". The Royal Astronomical Society. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  10. Jessica E. Roberts; Jason W. Barnes; Jason F. Rowe; Jonathan F. Fortney (2012). "MOST Space Telescope Photometry of the 2010 January Transit of Extrasolar Planet HD80606b". The Astrophysical Journal 762 (1): 55. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/762/1/55. Bibcode2013ApJ...762...55R. 
  11. HD 80606 Transit Times - Variable Star and Exoplanets
  12. "Exoplanet Sees Extreme Heat Waves". 28 January 2009. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 09h 22m 37.5679s, +50° 36′ 13.397″