The Anglo-Australian planet search. XXII: Two new multi-planet systems

Robert A. Wittenmyer, J. Horner, Mikko Tuomi, G. S. Salter, C.G. Tinney, R. P. Butler, H.R.A. Jones, S. J. O'Toole, J. Bailey, B. D. Carter, J. S. Jenkins, Z. Zhang, S. S. Vogt, Eugenio J. Rivera

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We report the detection of two new planets from the Anglo-Australian Planet Search. These planets orbit two stars each previously known to host one planet. The new planet orbiting HD 142 has a period of 6005 +/- 427 days, and a minimum mass of 5.3 M-Jup. HD 142c is thus a new Jupiter analog: a gas-giant planet with a long period and low eccentricity (e = 0.21 +/- 0.07). The second planet in the HD 159868 system has a period of 352.3 +/- 1.3 days and m sin i = 0.73 +/- 0.05 M-Jup. In both of these systems, including the additional planets in the fitting process significantly reduced the eccentricity of the original planet. These systems are thus examples of how multiple-planet systems can masquerade as moderately eccentric single-planet systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number169
Number of pages12
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Issue number2
Early online date26 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2012


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