Hellenica World

HD 209458

HD 209458 is an 8th magnitude star in the constellation Pegasus. It is very similar to our Sun, and it is classified as a yellow dwarf (spectral class G0 V). Because it is located at a distance of about 150 light years, it is not visible to the unaided eye. With good binoculars or small telescope it should be easily detectable.[1]
HD 209458

In 1999 two teams working independently (one team consisted of astronomers at the Geneva Observatory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Wise Observatory; the second group was the California and Carnegie Planet Search team) discovered an extrasolar planet orbiting the star by using the radial velocity planet search method. Soon after the discovery, separate teams led by David Charbonneau and Gregory W. Henry were able to detect a transit of the planet across the surface of the star making it the first known transiting extrasolar planet.[5] The planet received the designation HD 209458 b.

Because the planet transits the star, the star is dimmed by about 2% every 3.5 days making it an extrinsic variable. The variable star designation for HD 209458 is V376 Pegasi. It is the prototype of the variable class "EP" in the General Catalogue of Variable Stars, defined as stars showing eclipses by their planets.[6][3]

Planetary system

HD 209458 b is an extrasolar planet that orbits the Sun-like star HD 209458 in the constellation Pegasus. Spectroscopic studies first revealed the presence of a planet around HD 209458 on November 5, 1999. The planet is now under even more public scrutiny with the announcement that its atmosphere contains water vapor. Astronomers had made careful photometric measurements of several stars known to be orbited by planets, in the hope that they might observe a dip in brightness caused by the transit of the planet across the star's face. This would require the planet's orbit to be inclined such that it would pass between the Earth and the star, and previously no transits had been detected.

Travis Barman at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona analyzed the emission spectrum of this planet, and believes that its atmosphere contains water,[7] although previous research[8] suggests that the atmosphere is composed mostly of silicate clouds.

The HD 209458 system
(in order from star)
Mass Semimajor axis
Orbital period
b 0.69 ± 0.05 MJ 0.045 3.52474541 ± 0.00000025 0.00


1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "SIMBAD query result: V* V376 Peg -- Variable Star". Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=HD+209458. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
2. ^ a b c d e Tsevi Mazeh et al. (2000). "The Spectroscopic Orbit of the Planetary Companion Transiting HD 209458". The Astrophysical Journal 532: L55–L58. doi:10.1086/312558. http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/1538-4357/532/1/L55/995882.web.pdf?request-id=5fe85cd5-5e31-4a06-aac5-32d4e5b24c2a.
3. ^ a b "GCVS query result: V376 Peg". General Catalog of Variable Stars. Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow, Russia. http://www.sai.msu.su/groups/cluster/gcvs/cgi-bin/search.cgi?search=V376+Peg. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
4. ^ a b Takeda et al.; Ford, Eric B.; Sills, Alison; Rasio, Frederic A.; Fischer, Debra A.; Valenti, Jeff A. (2007). "Structure and Evolution of Nearby Stars with Planets. II. Physical Properties of 1000 Cool Stars from the SPOCS Catalog". The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 168 (2): 297–318. doi:10.1086/509763. http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/0067-0049/168/2/297/65604.html.
5. ^ Charbonneau et al.; Brown, Timothy M.; Latham, David W.; Mayor, Michel (2000). "Detection of Planetary Transits Across a Sun-like Star". The Astrophysical Journal Letters 529 (1): L45–L48. doi:10.1086/312457. http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/1538-4357/529/1/L45/995832.html.
6. ^ Samus, N. N. (2009). "GCVS Variability Types and Distribution Statistics of Designated Variable Stars According to their Types of Variability". http://www.sai.msu.su/groups/cluster/gcvs/gcvs/iii/vartype.txt. Retrieved 2010-08-02.
7. ^ Barman (2007). "Identification of Absorption Features in an Extrasolar Planet Atmosphere". The Astrophysical Journal Letters 661 (2): L191–L194. doi:10.1086/518736. http://iopscience.iop.org/1538-4357/661/2/L191/fulltext.
8. ^ L. J. Richardson et al. (2007). "A spectrum of an extrasolar planet". Nature 445 (7130): 892–895. doi:10.1038/nature05636. PMID 17314975. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v445/n7130/full/nature05636.html.

External links

* "HD 209458". Exoplanets. http://media4.obspm.fr/exoplanets/base/etoile.php?nom=HD+209458. Retrieved 2009-05-17.

Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/"
All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License


Scientificlib News