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HD 188753

HD 188753 is a triple star system approximately 149 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus (the Swan). In 2005, an extrasolar planet was announced to be orbiting the primary star (designated HD 188753 A) in the system. Follow-up measurements by an independent group in 2007 did not confirm the planet's existence.[1]

Stellar components

The primary star, HD 188753 A, is a Solar twin, yellow dwarf star with an unsure spectral type. It is calculated that the star has a mass greater than the Sun's, a larger radius, and a brighter luminosity. Because of its temperature, scientists believe that the star is approximately 5.6 billion years old.
The orbit of HD 188753 BC

Orbiting the primary at a distance of 12.3 AU are two stars orbiting each other. The distance is approximately midway between the Sun-Saturn and Sun-Uranus distance. The pair have a total mass of 1.63 solar masses, and orbit the primary with an eccentricity of 0.50 (an earlier estimate put the eccentricity at 0.26±0.07[2]).

The secondary star HD 188753 B has a spectral class of K0 (orange dwarf), and its companion, HD 188753 C, is an M2-type (red dwarf). They orbit each other in 156 days, and the primary in 25.7 years.

Possible planet

In 2005 the discovery of a planet orbiting the primary star of the triple star system was announced. The planet, which received the designation HD 188753 Ab, was announced by a Polish astronomer working in the United States, Dr. Maciej Konacki.[3] This planet was not the first known planet in a triple star system - for example, the planet 16 Cygni Bb had been discovered earlier, orbiting one of the components of a wide triple system also in the constellation of Cygnus.

Since HD 188753 Ab was orbiting in a multi-star system, Konacki referred to planets of this type as "Tatooine planets" after Luke Skywalker's home world.[4] The detection of this planet has been challenged by Eggenberger et al.[5][1]
An artist's conception of HD 188753 Ab looking at its suns.

The planet, a hot Jupiter gas giant slightly more massive than Jupiter, was thought to orbit the star HD 188753 A once every 80 hours or so (3.3 days), at a distance of about 8 million kilometers, a twentieth of the distance between Earth and the Sun. The existence of HD 188753 Ab in a relatively close triple star system challenged the current models of planet formation. The current idea is that giant planets form in the outer reaches of their system (in orbits similar to those of Jupiter and Saturn). Once formed, some of these planets may migrate close to their stars, becoming hot Jupiters. The theoretical difficulty in understanding HD 188753 Ab is that any protoplanetary disk would have ended around 1 astronomical unit from the primary star (due to the presence of the secondary stars). A Jovian planet should not have been able to form so close to the primary, and with no disk material beyond 1 AU, a planet should not have been able to form beyond that distance to migrate inward.[6] One of the possibilities suggested that the planet formed before the secondary stars had reached their current configuration. This suggests that the two secondary stars were once more distant than they are now.

An attempt to confirm the discovery failed. In 2007, a team at the Geneva Observatory stated that they had the precision and sampling rate sufficient to have detected the would-be planet, and that they did not detect it.[1] Konacki responded to this, stating that the precision of the follow-up measurements was not sufficient to confirm or deny the planet's existence and that he planned to release an update in 2007.[5] As of October 2010["http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-ref_query?bibcode=2007A%26A...466.1179E&refs=CITATIONS&db_key=AST" [ref]], no update appears to have been published.

See also

* 51 Pegasi
* Alpha Centauri
* Polaris


1. ^ a b c No evidence of a hot Jupiter around HD 188753 A
2. ^ On the circularity of orbit of certain spectroscopic binaries
3. ^ Access : The triple sunset that should not exist : Nature News
4. ^ Caltech Press Release, 7/13/2005, Dr. Maciej Konacki
5. ^ a b Konacki, Maciej (2007-02-22). "An extrasolar giant planet in a close triple-star system HD188753". Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. http://web.archive.org/web/20070705123257/http://www.ncac.torun.pl/~maciej/Planets/HD188753Ab.html. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
6. ^ Hatzes AP, Wuchterl G (2005). "Astronomy: giant planet seeks nursery place". Nature 436 (7048): 182–3. doi:10.1038/436182a. PMID 16015311.

External links

* HD 188753 A, B, and C. Extrasolar Visions. Retrieved on 2008-06-23.
* "NASA Scientist Finds World With Triple Sunsets". Slashdot. 2005-07-13. http://science.slashdot.org/science/05/07/15/0415230.shtml?tid=160&tid=14. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
* "Notes for star HD 188753A". Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia. http://exoplanet.eu/star.php?st=HD+188753A. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
* Schirber, Michael (2005-07-13). "Triple Sunset: Planet Discovered in 3-Star System". SPACE.com. http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/050713_triple_sun.html. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
* HD 188753 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images

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