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So, do we have a good idea what its real eccentricity is? Can't we determine that for sure with the 2.5 year's we've observed it since discovery and from before? I didn't realize eccentricity was something the dopplar technique would have difficulty with. I'm hoping for low eccentricity, since studies say high eccentricity planets tend not to have any neighbors. Do these other planets between the belt exist? Being the closest single sun-like (non-Red Dwarf) star is a distinction, so the makeup of this system is important.
It is in the "River" constellation. It was first suspected by a Canadian team, and discovered by an American who has an observatory in Germany and confirmed with Hubble.
Ziyu/Cheng - Named for a type of Jade that appears in the middle of a river and the sound that a type of ornament makes.
Epsilon Eridani Web PagesEdit
- Extrasolar Visions
- Extrasolar Planet Encyclopedia
- Sol Station (orbits)
- Astro Cosmo (translated)
- The Worlds of David Darling
- Adam Dueller's Evolutionary Simulations
- School Report
- Ancient Suns
- Exoplanet Catalog
Epsilon Eridani System ArtworkEdit
Planet b compared to other Eccentric Ammonia GiantsEdit
Dual Phase Ammonia/Water Cloud JupitersEdit
- Mu Ara - Hot Super Earth, Water/Sulfur Cloud Jupiter, and Ammonia/Water Cloud Jupiter (115 - 219 K, e = 0.57, 3.1 MJ) around a Yellow Dwarf
- 14 Herculis - Ammonia/Water Cloud Jupiter (120 - 170 K, e = 0.338, 4.74 MJ) around an Orange Dwarf
- HD 30177 - Ammonia/Water Cloud Jupiter (121 - 165 K, e = 0.3, 9.17 MJ) around a Yellow Dwarf
- HD 33636 - Ammonia/Water Cloud Jupiter (110 - 199 K, e = 0.53, 9.28 MJ) around a Yellow Dwarf
- Gliese 777 - Ammonia/Water Cloud Jupiter (96 - 162 K, e = 0.48, 1.33 MJ, 4.8 au) around a Yellow Subgiant
- Epsilon Eridani - Ammonia/Water Cloud Jupiter (89 - 181 K, e = 0.608, 0.86 MJ) and Ice Giant? and Kuiper Belt around an Orange Dwarf
Single Phase Eccentric Ammonia Cloud GiantsEdit
- 55 Cancri - Hot Superearth, Clarified Jovian, Single Phase Eccentric Clarified Jovian, and Single Phase Eccentric Water Cloud Jovian (87 - 122 K, e = 0.327, 3.912 MJ)
- Epsilon Eridani b can get colder than any other confirmed exoplanet other than after 55 Cancri d.
- Epsilon Eridani b was the 2nd Eccentric Ammonia Giant discovered (after 14 Herculis b in 1998)
- Epsilon Eridani b has the highest eccentricity of all known Ammonia Giants
Epsilon Eridani in the NewsEdit
Radio Search for Intelligent Life (1960)Edit
Early Indications of Planets and Dust Disk (1973-1997)Edit
- http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=1988ApJ...331..902C&db_key=AST&high=3c0dab1fe500605 (1988)
- http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=1992AAS...181.6804D&db_key=AST&high=3c0dab1fe526361 (1992)
Discovery of Dust Ring (1998)Edit
Follow-Ups on Dust Disk (1998-2005)Edit
- http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJL/v598n1/17545/brief/17545.abstract.html - infrared
- http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v35n5/aas203/734.htm (2003) - 350 microns
- http://www.edpsciences.org/articles/aa/abs/2004/04/aafk061/aafk061.html (2004) - confirmation of extended disk
Discovery of Epsilon Eridani b (2000)Edit
Follow-Ups on Planet b (2000-2005)Edit
- http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v32n3/dps2000/572.htm (2000) - mass estimation
- http://www.govertschilling.nl/artikelen/archief/2001/0106/010601_st.htm (2002) - sky and telescope feature
- http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v35n4/dps2003/87.htm (2002) - Hubble astrometry
- http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v36n4/dps2004/385.htm (2004) - mass estimation
- http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJ/v612n2/59147/brief/59147.abstract.html (2005) - influence on dust disk
Nature of the Star (2001-2005)Edit
- http://pasj.asj.or.jp/vol53/v53n6/530626/530626-frame.html (2001) - volotile/refractory elements in photosphere
- http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJ/journal/issues/v124n4/202123/brief/202123.abstract.html (2003) - chemical abundances
Search for Habitable Planets (2000-2004)Edit
- http://xxx.lpthe.jussieu.fr/abs/astro-ph/0211022 (2002)
- http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v36n2/aas204/879.htm (2004)
Detection of Water? (2002)Edit
- http://vo.obspm.fr/exoplanetes/encyclo/papers/no-water.html (2002) - no water masers
Announcement of Epsilon Eridani c (2002)Edit
Continued Search for Dust Disk Planets (2002-2005)Edit
- http://fr.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0303282 (2003) - adaptive optics
- http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v36n5/aas205/1299.htm (2004) - Spitzer
- http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJL/v619n2/18910/brief/18910.abstract.html (2005)
- http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=17046 - Interior Planet (2005)
Planet b's Effects on Disk Detected (2005)Edit
Dust disk rotating (2005-2006)Edit
- http://www.arxiv.org/PS_cache/astro-ph/pdf/0606/0606588.pdf (2005)
- http://www.universetoday.com/2006/06/26/rotating-disk-could-contain-newly-forming-planets/ (2006)
Coronagraphic Search Fails (2006)Edit
- http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJ/v652n2/65780/brief/65780.abstract.html (2006)
Spitzer Searches for Dust Disk Planets (2006)Edit
Hubble Finds Planet b Coplanar with Belt(2006)Edit
Perihelion Detection Attempt (2007)Edit
- http://fr.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0703300 (2007) - Visible Light Detection Fails
Contains Ingredients for Live? (2007)Edit
Triple Ring System Found(Nov 2008)Edit
Planet b Extreme Eccentricity Conflicts With Inner Asteroid Belt (2009)Edit
Inner Belt Could Be Fed From Outer Belt (2010)Edit
Selected As PICTURE-C Suborbital Coronograph Target (Mar 2015)Edit
One of the Top 20 Exoplanetary Systems First Up For Naming (May 2015)Edit
- Epsilon Eridani Chess
- Epsilon Eridani Starship Tour Operator
- Eridanus League
- How to get to Epsilon Eridani
- Space Station Assault - Collectible Card Game. Earth's colony on Epsilon Eridani has revolted.
- Memory-Alpha Star Trek wiki page
- Epsilon Eridani Radio Message
Epsilon Eridani System and Star FactoidsEdit
- Nearest Single Naked-Eye Star to Sun
- Significantly younger than the Sun
- Chromospherically active
- Less massive and simmer than the Sun, a type K Orange Dwarf
- Due to size of it Kuiper Belt, it is surmised that any inner rocky planets would be undergoing an epoch of heavy bombardment
- Slightly metal deficient
Epsilon Eridani b (planet) FactoidsEdit
- Nearest confirmed exoplanet.
- Period is 6.85 years
- Semi-Major Axis = 1.88 +/- 0.20 AU;
- Periastron = 1.36 AU; Apastron = 5.44 AU
- inclination = 30.1 deg (Coplanar with dust belt)
- Eccentric Ammonia Giant. Likely loses its Ammonia Clouds and hydro-carbon stains (leaving only white water clouds) near periastron and gains an obscuring haze during apastron.
- Second Eccentric Ammonia Giant discovered.
- Can get colder than any other exoplanet confirmed other than 55 Cancri d.
- Most eccentric known Ammonia Cloud Jovian
- Nearest Ammonia Cloud Jovian outside of solar system.
- Discovery disputed by Marcy et. al (2002), but accepted by most the rest of the astronomical community
- Its minimum mass is 0.85 MJ.
- Actual mass is 1.55 MJ +/- 0.24 based on Astrometrics .
- Its proximity makes this planet a prime target for direct observation.
- Periastron is in March of 2007 . Will be brightest in reflected light near periastron. Attempt to detect planet visibly failed.
- Maximum mass is 4-6 MJ due to failure of Coronagraphic search to detect a point source for it in 2006.Certainly not a brown dwarf.
- Any moons might have liquid water when nearest to star, but be frozen solid when furthest.
Several suspected planets have been theorized at different times by various means throughout its history. It can get confusing trying to name these planets, since they could all be called "planet b" or "planet c" depending on when they were "detected". I'm going to name them by their proposers and "roles" to try to sort it all out.
- Van de Kamp's Planet (1974, 1988) Using astrometrics, Peter Van de Kamp proposes a 25 year period (7.7 au) planet with 6 Jupiter Masses. Discredited but suggested again by Campell using doppler-shift and radial-velocity analysis (3-5 Jupiters, e=0.5). The idea of a planet was revived when indications arrived that Epsilon Eridani may have a planetary disk in 1983.
- Loiu's Interior Planet (1999) The absense of dust within 35 au of the planet required a Jupiter-mass planet interior to the dust ring. Liou and Zook in 1999 placed it just inside the ring at 30 au.
- Ozernoi's Clump Planet (1999-2000) Planet first proposed by Liou and Zook to explain the assymetrical clump of dust particles appearing in the dust belt. In 2000, Ozernoi produced models giving it a mass of 0.2 Jupiters masses and orbit between 55 and 60 AUs, and an eccentricity of 0.0.
- Cochran's Planet b (1999, 2000)First reported (1999), then retracted by Marcy et. al due to high chromospheric activity that could be periodic. After gathering data from several sources, Cochran published the planet after showing no 6.8 year cycles in stellar activity. It has 0.8 Jupiter mass, is a 3.3 au, and e=0.6. Could this also be Van de Kamp's planet? The planet is too close to the star to be responsible for any patterns seen in the Dust Belt though.
- Hypothetical Habitable Planet(s) (2002) Jones et. al demonstrates that a terrestrial planet could survive in the Habitable Zone (0.47-0.91 au) due to Planet b's large distance from the star.
- Quillin's Dust Sculpting Planet c (2002) Computer simulations of patterns in dust disk reveal likely planet with 0.1 Jupiter Masses orbiting at 40 AU with e=0.3.
- Deller's Interior Planet (2005) Building on Quillin's 2002 model (and discrediting Ozernoi's model because it didn't demonstrate the assymetries observed in the "clump"), Deller et all (2005) moved the Jupiter mass planet proposed by Liou responsible for clearing particles inside the dust disk inwards (it was too close to Quillin's planet) to between 10-18 au. Future modeling should help refine its properties.
- Benedict's Outer Radial Planet (2006) 25 years of radial velocity data suggests a Jupiter-mass planet with a period in excess of 50 years which is possibly responsible for the inner dust cavity .
Other Nearby Stars Similar to Epsilon EridaniEdit
Here is a list of all bright single stars within 20 light years, courtesy of Sol Station (source = http://www.solstation.com/stars/s20ly.htm ). Epsilon Eridani is the nearest and the only one to have confirmed planet(s):
10.5 ly - Epsilon Eridani (K2V, 10.5 ly, 0.85 MS) - Planets?, dust disk
11.8 ly - Epsilon Indi (K IV-V, 0.77 MS) - Has two brown dwarves
11.9 ly - Tau Ceti (G8 VP, 0.82 MS) - Dust Disk, old star
15.9 ly - Groombridge 1618 (K7.vne, 0.64 MS)
16.7 ly - Altair - (A7 V-IV, 1.7 MS) - Subgiant?, NSV 24910, dust
18.8 ly - Sigma Draconis (K0 V, 0.89 MS) - Alsafi
19.8 ly - 82 Eridani (G5 V, 0.97 MS) - old, spec. double?
19.9 ly - Delta Pavonis (G5-8 V-IV, 1.1 MS) - Subgiant?
Map of Epsilon Eridani SystemEdit
Assuming all the planets suggested to exist do so, here is what the Epsilon Eridani system would look like:
0.0 au - Epsilon Eridani
0.47-0.91 au - Rocky planet(s) in restricted Habitable Zone (hypothetical)
1.29-5.3 au - Cochran's Planet b (confirmed, controversial) (0.85 MJ)
7.7 au - Van de Kamp's Planet (status?) (4 MJ, e=0.5)
10-18 au - Deller's Interior Planet (needs refinement)
30.0 au - Loui's Interior Planet (disproven?)
35.0 au - Inner Edge of Main Dust Belt
40 au - Quillin's Dust Sculpting Planet c (likely) (0.1 MJ) (e=0.3)
55-60 au - Ozernoi's Clump Planet (disproven?) (0.2 MJ)
60.0 au - Peak of Dust Belt (assymetrical)
75.0 au - Outer Edge of Main Dust Belt
105 au - Outer Edge of observed Dust Disk
IRAS Fab Four Debris Disk StarsEdit
Epsilon Eridani is one of the "Fab Four" ( http://www.aas.org/publications/baas/v36n5/aas205/1299.htm ) stars found to contain a debris disk by IRAS. These include:
Planet Candiates Closer Than Epsilon EridaniEdit
Epsilon Eridani is definitely the closest system to the Sun (10.5 ly) to have __confirmed__ planets. But there are some __unconfirmed__ planets that are nearer that could take away this prize should they be confirmed. There are also some disproven planets that would be nearer. These are all Red Dwarf stars. Here they are
Unconfirmed Planetary Systems Closer than Epsilon EridaniEdit
8.3 ly - Lalande 21185 System
Disproven Planetary Systems Closer than Epsilon EridaniEdit
Stars Closer Than Epsilon EridaniEdit
Here is a list of stars closer than Epsilon Eridani. If a system ever breaks Epsilon Eridani's "closest system with confirmed planets" record, it would have to be one of these systems (unless the planet's around a faint, as yet undiscovered Red Dwarf or Brown Dwarf or completely free-floating):
4.2 ly - Alpha Centauri / Proxima Centauri (disproven planet)
6.0 ly - Barnard's Star (disproven planet)
7.8 ly - Wolf 359 (Starfleet ship graveyard thanks to Borg)
8.3 ly - Lalande 21185 (unconfirmed planets)
8.6 ly - Sirius
8.7 ly - Luyten 726-8
9.7 ly - Ross 154
10.3 ly - Ross 248