EBLM J0555-57

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EBLM J0555-57AB
EBLM J0555-57.jpg
Resolved image of EBLM J0555-57A (left) and EBLM J0555-57B (right) taken with the Leonhard Euler Telescope at the ESO's La Silla Observatory[1]
Credit: ESO
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Pictor
Right ascension 05h 55m 32.6868s[2]
Declination −57° 17′ 26.064″[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 9.98 / 10.76[1]
Spectral type F8[3]
Variable type Eclipsing[1]
Radial velocity (Rv)23.419 ± 0.74[4] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: 3.858[2] mas/yr
Dec.: -39.713[2] mas/yr
Parallax (π)5.16 ± 0.36[2] mas
Distance630 ± 40 ly
(190 ± 10 pc)
Position (relative to A)
Epoch of observation1998
Angular distance2.50 [3]
Position angle254° [3]
Observed separation
479 AU [1]
Period (P)7.757676+0.000029
Semi-major axis (a)0.0817 ± 0.0019 au
Eccentricity (e)0.0894+0.0035
Inclination (i)89.84+0.2
Argument of periastron (ω)
EBLM J0555-57Aa
Mass1.13 ± 0.08 M
Surface gravity (log g)4.18 ± 0.21 cgs
Temperature6461 ± 124 K
Metallicity [Fe/H]−0.24 ± 0.16 dex
Rotational velocity (v sin i)7.60 ± 0.28 km/s
EBLM J0555-57Ab
Surface gravity (log g)5.50+0.03
EBLM J0555-57B
Radius0.94 ± 0.08 R
Temperature5717 ± 124 K
Other designations
CD−57 1311, CPD−57 913, WDS J05555-5717, TYC 8528-926-1, 2MASS J05553262-5717261
Database references

EBLM J0555-57 is a triple star system approximately 600 light-years from Earth. EBLM J0555-57Ab, the smallest star in the system, orbits its primary star with a period of 7.8 days, and at the time of discovery, was the smallest known star with a mass sufficient to enable the fusion of hydrogen in its core.


EBLM J0555-57, also known as CD−57 1311, is a triple star system[1][5] in the constellation Pictor, which contains a visual binary system consisting of two sun-like stars separated by 2.5": EBLM J0555-57Aa, a magnitude 9.98 spectral type F8 star, and EBLM J0555-57B, a magnitude 10.76 star. No orbital motion has been detected but they have almost identical radial velocities and are assumed to be gravitationally bound.[1]

Component A of the system is itself an eclipsing binary (EBLM J0555-57Ab orbiting EBLM J0555-57Aa). Eclipses, also known as transits in the context of planetary searches, have been detected in the near infrared, with brightness drops of 0.05% during the eclipse. The shape and duration of the transits allow the radii of the two stars to be determined. A full solution of the orbit gives a period of 7 days and 18 hours, with a low eccentricity of 0.09, an almost edge-on inclination of 89.84°, and a semi-major axis of 0.08 AU.[1]

EBLM J0555-57Ab[edit]

EBLM J0555-57Ab has a mass of about 85 ± 4 Jupiter masses, or 0.081 Solar masses. The star has a radius comparable to that of Saturn.[1] EBLM J0555-57Ab is situated at the lower mass limit for hydrogen-burning stars predicted by current stellar models. EBLM J0555-57Ab was discovered by a group of scientists at the University of Cambridge associated with the EBLM project (Eclipsing Binary, Low Mass),[1] using data collected by the WASP project. WASP (Wide Angle Search for Planets) is searching for exoplanets using the transit method.[6] Additional properties of the star were determined using Doppler spectroscopy, to measure the periodic radial velocity variation of the primary star due to the gravitational influence of its companion.[1]


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