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alf Tau

The planetary system alf Tau hosts at least one planet. Note that the system is a multiple star system. It hosts at least 2 stellar components.

  System parameters
Primary system name alf Tau
Alternative system names Alpha Tauri, Aldebaran
Right ascension 04 35 55.20
Declination +16 30 35.1
Distance [parsec] 20.4±0.3edit
Distance [lightyears] 66.6±1.0
Number of stars in system 2
Number of planets in system 1

ArchitectureArchitecture of the system

This list shows all planetary and stellar components in the system. It gives a quick overview of the hierarchical architecture.

  •  Stellar binary
    •  alf Tau, stellar object
      •  alf Tau b, planet, semi-major axis: 1.5±0.3 AU
      •  alf Tau B, stellar object

      PlanetsPlanets in the system

      This table lists all planets in the system alf Tau.

        alf Tau b
      Alternative planet names Aldebaran b, alf Tau A b, Alpha Tauri A b, α Tau A b, α Tauri A b, 87 Tau A b, 87 Tauri A b, HR 1457 b, HD 29139 b, HIP 21421 b, TYC 1266-1416-1 b, BD+16 629 b, PPM 120061 b
      Description Investigations of long-period radial velocity in Aldebaran first reported over 20 years ago and further photometric investigations provide further evidence of a planetary companion to Aldebaran.edit
      Lists Controversial; Planets in binary systems, S-type
      Mass [Mjup] 6.5±0.5edit
      Mass [Mearth] 2057±168
      Radius [Rjup] N/A
      Radius [Rearth] N/A
      Orbital period [days] 629.0±0.9edit
      Semi-major axis [AU] 1.5±0.3edit
      Eccentricity 0.10±0.05edit
      Equilibrium temperature [K] N/A
      Discovery method RV
      Discovery year 2015
      Last updated [yy/mm/dd] 15/11/17

      starStars in the system

      This table lists all stars in the system alf Tau.

        alf Tau alf Tau B
      Alternative star names Aldebaran, alf Tau A, Alpha Tauri A, α Tau A, α Tauri A, Aldebaran A, 87 Tau A, 87 Tauri A, HR 1457, HD 29139, HIP 21421, TYC 1266-1416-1, BD+16 629, PPM 120061, Gliese 171.1 A, GJ 171.1 A, GJ 9159 A, WDS J04359+1631 A, BU 550 A Alpha Tauri B, Aldebaran B, α Tau B, α Tauri B, 87 Tau B, 87 Tauri B, Gliese 171.1 B, GJ 171.1 B, GJ 9159 B, BD+16 629 B, WDS J04359+1631 B, BU 550B
      Mass [MSun] 1.13±0.11edit N/A
      Radius [RSun] 45.10±0.10edit N/A
      Age [Gyr] 7±2edit N/A
      Metallicity [Fe/H] -0.27±0.05edit N/A
      Temperature [K] 4055±70edit N/A
      Spectral type K5 III M2V
      Visual magnitude 0.990edit 13.60edit

      Planet sizes

      The following plot shows the approximate sizes of the planets in this system The Solar System planets are shown as a comparison. Note that unless the radius has been determined through a transit observation, this is only an approximation (see Lissauer et al. 2011b).

      PlutoMercuryMarsVenusEarthNeptuneUranusSaturnJupiteralf Tau b

      Habitable zone

      The following plot shows the approximate location of the planets in this system with respect to the habitable zone (green) and the size of the star (red). This is only an estimate, using the star's spectral type and mass. Note that if no green band is shown in the plot, then the planet's orbit is far outside the habitable zone. The equations of Selsis, Kasting et al are used to draw the inner and outer boundaries.

      Habitable zonealf Tau b

      referencesScientific references and contributors

      Links to scientific papers and other data sources

      history http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015A%26A...580A..31H
      history http://vizier.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/VizieR-S?WDS%20J04359%2b1631A
      history http://arxiv.org/abs/1505.03454
      history http://simbad.cfa.harvard.edu/simbad/sim-id?Ident=%40719242&Name=

      This table lists all links which are relevant to this particular system. Note that this is just a summary. More references to the scientific publications and comments can be found in the commit messages. To see these, head over the github or click here to directly go to the git blame output of this system. In the left column of the output you can see the commit message corresponding to each parameter. It also lists the date of the last commit and the person making the changes. Within the commit message, you will find a link to the scientific publication where the data is taken from. Note that this is a new feature and not all system parameters might have a reference associated with it yet. Please help making this catalogue better and contribute data or references!

      Open Exoplanet Catalogue contributors

      Contributor E-mail Number of commits
      Andrew Tribick ajtribick(at)googlemail.com 2
      Christian Sturm Sol-d(at)users.noreply.github.com 1

      This table lists all people who have contributed to the Open Exoplanet Catalogue. Please consider contributing! Click here to find out how. You can also view all commits contributing to this file on github.

      xmlData download

      You can download the xml file corresponding to this planetary system, which is part of the Open Exoplanet Catalogue. All information on this page has been directly generated from this XML file. You can also download the entire catalogue over at github. If you prefer to download the dataset as an ASCII tables, you might find the oec_tables repository usefule.

      correctionsCorrections

      If you spot an error or if you can contribute additional data to this entry, please send an e-mail to exoplanet@hanno-rein.de. Please include the corrected xml file and a reference to where the new data is coming from, ideally a scientific paper. If you are fluent with git and github, you can also create a pull request or open an issue on the Open Exoplanet Catalogue repository. Please include the reference to the relevant scientific paper in your commit message.