Pollux b

Coordinates: Sky map 07h 45m 19.4s, +28° 01′ 35″
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Pollux b
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Pollux b
Discovered byHatzes et al.
Discovery siteUnited States
Discovery date16 June 2006
Radial velocity
Orbital characteristics
1.64 ± 0.27 AU (245 ± 40 million km)
Eccentricity0.02 ± 0.03
589.64 ± 0.81 d
1.61432 ± 0.00222 y
2,447,739.02 ± 4.5
Semi-amplitude41.0 ± 1.6

Pollux b, also designated β Geminorum b (Latinized to beta Geminorum b, abbreviated, β Gem b) and HD 62509 b, formally named Thestias /ˈθɛstiəs/, is an extrasolar planet approximately 34 light-years away in the constellation of Gemini (the Twins). This planet was discovered orbiting the star Pollux in 2006 by astronomer Artie P. Hatzes, confirming his hypothesis originally published in 1993. The planet has at least twice the mass of Jupiter. It moves around Pollux in 1.61 years at a distance of 1.64 AU in a nearly circular orbit.

In July 2014 the International Astronomical Union launched NameExoWorlds, a process for giving proper names to certain exoplanets and their host stars.[1] The process involved public nomination and voting for the new names.[2] In December 2015, the IAU announced the winning name was Thestias for this planet.[3] The winning name was based on that originally submitted by theSkyNet of Australia; namely Leda, Pollux's mother in Greek and Roman mythology. At the request of the IAU, 'Thestias' (the patronym of Leda, a daughter of Thestius) was substituted. This was because 'Leda' was already attributed to an asteroid and to one of Jupiter's satellites.[4][5]

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  1. ^ NameExoWorlds: An IAU Worldwide Contest to Name Exoplanets and their Host Stars. IAU.org. 9 July 2014
  2. ^ "NameExoWorlds The Process". Archived from the original on 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  3. ^ Final Results of NameExoWorlds Public Vote Released, International Astronomical Union, 15 December 2015.
  4. ^ "NameExoWorlds The Approved Names". Archived from the original on 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  5. ^ YOU helped name an exoplanet!, TheSkyNet, 2015-12-17

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