Planets around the K-giants BD+20 274 and HD 219415

S. Gettel, A. Wolszczan, A. Niedzielski, G. Nowak, M. Adamów, P. Zieliński, G. MacIejewski

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We present the discovery of planet-mass companions to two giant stars by the ongoing Penn State-Toruń Planet Search conducted with the 9.2m Hobby-Eberly Telescope. The less massive of these stars, K5-giant BD+20 274, has a 4.2 MJ minimum mass planet orbiting the star at a 578day period and a more distant, likely stellar-mass companion. The best currently available model of the planet orbiting the K0-giant HD 219415 points to a ≳ Jupiter-mass companion in a 5.7 year, eccentric orbit around the star, making it the longest period planet yet detected by our survey. This planet has an amplitude of ∼18ms-1, comparable to the median radial velocity "jitter," typical of giant stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number53
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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