Two New Planets from the Anglo-Australian Planet Search

R.P. Butler, C.G. Tinney, G.W. Marcy, H.R.A. Jones, A.J. Penny, K. Apps

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Precise Doppler measurements from the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) UCLES spectrometer reveal periodic Keplerian velocity variations in the stars HD 160691 and HD 27442. HD 160691 has a period of 743 days, a semiamplitude of 54 m s~1, and a high eccentricity, e\0.62, typical of extrasolar planets orbiting beyond 0.2 AU. The minimum (M sin i) mass of the companion is 1.97 MJ and the , semimajor axis is 1.65 AU. HD 27442 has a 415 day period, a semiamplitude of 32 m s~1, and an eccentricity of 0.058. The minimum mass is 1.43 MJ and the semimajor axis is 1.18 AU. This is the first , extrasolar planet orbiting beyond 0.2 AU that is in a circular orbit similar to solar system planets. The photon-limited precision of AAT/UCLES measurements is 3 m s~1 as demonstrated by stable stars and Keplerian fits to planet-bearing stars. In addition, we present confirmation of four previously announced planets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-417
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001


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