HR 8799 b

Coordinates: Sky map 23h 07m 28.7150s, +21° 08′ 03.302″
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HR 8799 b
Exoplanet Comparison HR 8799 b.png
Size comparison of HR 8799 b (gray) with Jupiter.
Discovered byMarois et al.
Discovery siteKeck and Gemini
in Hawaii
Discovery dateNovember 13, 2008
Direct imaging
Orbital characteristics
~ 68 AU
~ 460[1][note 1][note 2] y
StarHR 8799
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
1.2 ± 0.1[1] RJ
[2] MJ
Mean density
kg m−3

HR 8799 b is an extrasolar planet located approximately 129 light-years away in the constellation of Pegasus, orbiting the 6th magnitude Lambda Boötis star HR 8799. It has a mass between 4 and 7 [2]Jupiter masses and a radius from 10 to 30% larger than Jupiter's. It orbits at 68 AU from HR 8799 (or 7 AU inside the inner edge of the dust disk orbiting the star) with an unknown eccentricity and a period of 460 years, and is the outermost known planet in the HR 8799 system. Along with two other planets orbiting HR 8799, the planet was discovered on November 13, 2008 by Marois et al., using the Keck and Gemini observatories in Hawaii. These planets were discovered using the direct imaging technique.[1][3][4][5][6]

An artist's impression of HR 8799 b viewed from a moon.

In 2009 it was discovered that the Hubble Space Telescope had in fact directly imaged HR 8799 b eleven years earlier, in 1998, suggesting that more exoplanets might be revealed through analysis of HST photographic archives.[7] Additional precovery images were also obtained by reanalyzing data taken in 2002 at the Subaru Telescope and in 2005 and 2007 at the W.M Keck Observatory [8][9][10]

Broadband photometry of HR 8799 b shows that it has thicker clouds in its atmosphere than do older, higher surface gravity substellar objects of the same effective temperature.[11] Near infrared H band and K band spectroscopy of HR8799b published in May 2011 indicate a hydrogen rich, dusty atmosphere with disequilibrium CO / CH4 chemistry.[12]

Near infrared spectroscopy made with the Palomar Observatory show evidence of ammonia and/or acetylene as well as carbon dioxide, and some methane.[13] In 2015, the signals of water, carbon monoxide and methane were reported in infrared spectra taken at the Keck telescope.[14] However, a reanalysis of the same data in 2018 shows that water and carbon monoxide are present, but that the methane detection may have been spurious. Observations by the James Webb Space Telescope will be capable of confirming or disproving the presence of methane in HR 8799 b's atmosphere.[15]

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  1. ^ Calculated from the separations in the East and North directions which are 1.528 and 0.798 arcseconds respectively.
  2. ^ Value given assuming the planet's orbit is circular and is being observed face-on.


  1. ^ a b c d Marois, Christian; Macintosh, Bruce; Barman, Travis; Zuckerman, B.; Song, Inseok; Patience, Jennifer; Lafrenière, David; Doyon, René (November 2008). "Direct Imaging of Multiple Planets Orbiting the Star HR 8799". Science. 322 (5906): 1348–1352. arXiv:0811.2606. Bibcode:2008Sci...322.1348M. doi:10.1126/science.1166585. PMID 19008415. S2CID 206516630.
  2. ^ a b Marois; Zuckerman; Konopacky; Macintosh; Barman (2010). "Images of a fourth planet orbiting HR 8799". Nature. 468 (7327): 1080–3. arXiv:1011.4918. Bibcode:2010Natur.468.1080M. doi:10.1038/nature09684. PMID 21150902. S2CID 4425891.
  3. ^ "Astronomers capture first images of newly-discovered solar system" (Press release). W. M. Keck Observatory. 2008-11-13. Archived from the original on 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  4. ^ "Gemini Releases Historic Discovery Image of Planetary First Family" (Press release). Gemini Observatory. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  5. ^ Achenbach, Joel (2008-11-13). "Scientists Publish First Direct Images of Extrasolar Planets". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  6. ^ Fabrycky; et al. (2010). "Stability of the directly imaged multiplanet system HR 8799: resonance and masses". Astrophys. J. 710 (2): 1408–1421. arXiv:0812.0011. Bibcode:2010ApJ...710.1408F. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/710/2/1408. S2CID 11760422.
  7. ^ Lafrenière; et al. (18 February 2009). "HST/NICMOS detection of HR 8799 b in 1998". The Astrophysical Journal. 694 (2): L148–L152. arXiv:0902.3247. Bibcode:2009ApJ...694L.148L. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/694/2/L148. S2CID 7332750.
  8. ^ Fukagawa, Misato; Tamura, Motohide; Oasa, Yumiko; Hayashi, Saeko S.; Fujita, Yutaka; Shibai, Hiroshi; Hayashi, Masahiko (July 2012). "H-Band Image of a Planetary Companion Around HR 8799 in 2002". The Astrophysical Journal. 696 (1): L1–L5. arXiv:1206.0483. Bibcode:2009ApJ...696L...1F. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/696/1/L1. S2CID 18266866.
  9. ^ Metchev, Stanimir; Zuckerman, B. (November 2009). "Pre-Discovery 2007 Image of the HR 8799 Planetary System". The Astrophysical Journal. 696 (2): L204–L207. arXiv:0910.0915. Bibcode:2009ApJ...705L.204M. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/705/2/L204. S2CID 42181708.
  10. ^ Currie, Thayne; Thalmann, Christian; Matsumura, Soko; Plavchan, Peter (July 2012). "Direct Detection and Orbital Analysis of the Exoplanets HR 8799 bcd from Archival 2005 Keck/NIRC2 Data". The Astrophysical Journal. 755 (2): 34. arXiv:1206.0483. Bibcode:2012ApJ...755L..34C. doi:10.1088/2041-8205/755/2/l34. S2CID 32538115.
  11. ^ Currie, Thayne; Itoh, Yoichi; Matsumura, Soko; Fukagawa, Misato; Apai, Daniel; Madhusudhan, Nikku; Hinz, Philip M.; Rodigas, T. J.; Kasper, Markus; Pyo, T.-S.; Ogino, Satoshi (March 2011). "A Combined Subaru/VLT/MMT 1--5 Micron Study of Planets Orbiting HR 8799: Implications for Atmospheric Properties, Masses, and Formation". The Astrophysical Journal. 729 (2): 128. arXiv:1101.1973. Bibcode:2011ApJ...729..128C. doi:10.1088/0004-637x/729/2/128. S2CID 119221800.
  12. ^ Barman, Travis S.; Macintosh, Bruce; Konopacky, Quinn M.; Marois, Christian (2011-03-20). "Clouds and Chemistry in the Atmosphere of Extrasolar Planet HR8799b". The Astrophysical Journal. 733 (1): 65. arXiv:1103.3895. Bibcode:2011ApJ...733...65B. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/733/1/65. S2CID 119221025.
  13. ^ Oppenheimer, B. R. (2013). "Reconnaissance of the HR 8799 Exosolar System I: Near IR Spectroscopy". The Astrophysical Journal. Cornell University. 768 (1): 24. arXiv:1303.2627. Bibcode:2013ApJ...768...24O. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/768/1/24. S2CID 7173368.
  14. ^ Barman, Travis S.; Konopacky, Quinn M.; Macintosh, Bruce; Marois, Christian (4 May 2015). "Simultaneous detection of water, methane, and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of exoplanet HR 8799 b". The Astrophysical Journal. 804 (1): 61. arXiv:1503.03539. Bibcode:2015ApJ...804...61B. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/804/1/61. S2CID 118693314.
  15. ^ Petit dit de la Roche, D. J. M.; Hoeijmakers, H. J.; Snellen, I. A. G. (31 August 2018). "Molecule mapping of HR8799b using OSIRIS on Keck: Strong detection of water and carbon monoxide, but no methane". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 616: A146. arXiv:1808.10790. Bibcode:2018A&A...616A.146P. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201833384. S2CID 119529869.

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