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A long-period planet orbiting a nearby Sun-like star

Hugh R. A. Jones, R. Paul Butler, C. G. Tinney, Simon O'Toole, Rob Wittenmyer, Gregory W. Henry, Stefano Meschiari, Steve Vogt, Eugenio Rivera, Greg Laughlin, Brad D. Carter, Jeremy Bailey and James S. Jenkins

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 403, issue 4, pages 1703-1713
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
A long-period planet orbiting a nearby Sun-like star

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The Doppler wobble induced by the extra-solar planet HD 134987b was first detected by data from the Keck Telescope nearly a decade ago, and was subsequently confirmed by data from the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT). However, as more data have been acquired for this star over the years since, the quality of a single Keplerian fit to that data has been getting steadily worse. The best-fitting single Keplerian to the 138 Keck and AAT observations now in hand has an root-mean-square (rms) scatter of 6.6 m s−1. This is significantly in excess of both the instrumental precision achieved by both the Keck and Anglo-Australian Planet Searches for stars of this magnitude, and of the jitter expected for a star with the properties of HD134987. However, a double Keplerian (i.e. dual planet) fit delivers a significantly reduced rms of 3.3 m s−1. The best-fitting double planet solution has minimum planet masses of 1.59 and 0.82 1.59 ± 0.02MJup, orbital periods of 258 and 5000 d, and eccentricities of 0.23 and 0.12, respectively. We find evidence that activity-induced jitter is a significant factor in our fits and do not find evidence for asteroseismological p modes. We also present seven years of photometry at a typical precision of 0.003 mag with the T8 0.8 m automatic photometric telescope at Fairborn observatory. These observations do not detect photometric variability and support the inference that the detected radial-velocity periods are due to planetary mass companions rather than due to photospheric spots and plages.

Keywords: stars: individual: HD134987; planetary systems

Journal Article.  6409 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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