HD 202206

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HD 202206
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Capricornus
Right ascension 21h 14m 57.769s[1]
Declination −20° 47′ 21.15″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) +8.08
Spectral type G6V
U−B color index  ?
B−V color index 0.714
Variable type none
Radial velocity (Rv) ? km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -38.40 ± 0.94[1] mas/yr
Dec.: -119.81 ± 0.37[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 22.06 ± 0.82[1] mas
Distance 148 ± 5 ly
(45 ± 2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) +4.75
Mass 1.15 M
Radius 1.02 R
Luminosity 1.07 L
Temperature 5765 ± 40 K
Metallicity 234%
Rotation ?
Age (5.6 ± 1.2) × 109 years
Other designations
HIP 104903
Database references

HD 202206 is a yellow dwarf star approximately 148 light-years[1] away in the constellation Capricornus. The star is orbited by a brown dwarf and a planetary companion in a 5:1 resonant configuration.

Distance, age and metallicity[edit]

Measurements by the Hipparcos astrometric satellite give a parallax of 22.06 milliarcseconds, which corresponds to a distance of 45 parsecs.[1] It is similar in mass, radius, and luminosity to the Sun, though estimated to be older at around 5.6 Gyr old.[2] It is also more metal-rich than our Sun based on the amount of iron relative to hydrogen.

Planetary system[edit]

In 2000, analysis of radial velocity measurements of the star revealed the existence of a brown dwarf companion[3] (designated HD 202206 b) with at least 17 times the mass of Jupiter around the star in an eccentric orbit with a period of around 256 days.[2] This mass exceeds the 13 Jupiter mass limit above which an object can undergo deuterium fusion in its core, which some take to be the dividing line between planets and brown dwarfs, a definition which is supported by the IAU.[4] However, some authors have suggested that the core accretion process (the traditional model for planet formation) can form objects above this limit, up to around 25–30 Jupiter masses.[5] The classification of HD 202206 b as a brown dwarf or "superplanet" is currently unclear.

Even after HD 202206 b was accounted for, the star still showed a drift in the radial velocity measurements, indicating another companion in a longer-period orbit. In 2004 after further observations, the parameters of a companion was announced.[6] This companion is about Jupiter's size, has a planetary mass at least 2.44 times that of Jupiter, and has an eccentric orbit taking around 1384 days to complete. The planet is located in a 5:1 orbital resonance with the inner companion.

The formation history of this planetary system is interesting: depending on the method of formation of the inner companion, the system can either be regarded as consisting of a superplanet and a planet, or alternatively a planet revolving in a circumbinary orbit.

The HD 202206 planetary system
(in order from star)
Mass Semimajor axis
Orbital period
Eccentricity Inclination Radius
b >17.4 MJ 0.83 255.87 ± 0.06 0.435 ± 0.001
c >2.44 MJ 2.55 1383.4 ± 18.4 0.267 ± 0.021

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g van Leeuwen, F. (2007). "Validation of the new Hipparcos reduction". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 474 (2): 653–664. arXiv:0708.1752free to read. Bibcode:2007A&A...474..653V. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20078357.  Vizier catalog entry
  2. ^ a b Udry; Mayor, M.; Naef, D.; Pepe, F.; Queloz, D.; Santos, N. C.; Burnet, M. (2002). "The CORALIE survey for southern extra-solar planets VIII. The very low-mass companions of HD 141937, HD 162020, HD 168443, HD 202206: Brown dwarfs or "superplanets"?". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 390 (1): 267–279. arXiv:astro-ph/0202458free to read. Bibcode:2002A&A...390..267U. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20020685. 
  3. ^ "Exoplanets Galore!" (Press release). Garching, Germany: European Southern Observatory. April 15, 2000. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Definition of a "Planet"". Working Group on Extrasolar Planets (WGESP) of the International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  5. ^ Mordasini, C.; Alibert; Benz; Naef; et al. (2007). "Giant Planet Formation by Core Accretion". arXiv:0710.5667v1free to read [astro-ph]. 
  6. ^ Correia, A.; Udry, S.; Mayor, M.; Laskar, J.; Naef, D.; Pepe, F.; Queloz, D.; Santos, N. C.; et al. (2005). "The CORALIE survey for southern extra-solar planets. XIII. A pair of planets around HD202206 or a circumbinary planet?" (abstract). Astronomy and Astrophysics. 440 (2): 751–758. arXiv:astro-ph/0411512free to read. Bibcode:2005A&A...440..751C. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20042376. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 21h 14m 57.79s, −20° 47′ 20.1″