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beta Pic

The planetary system beta Pic hosts at least one planet.

  System parameters
Primary system name beta Pic
Alternative system names N/A
Right ascension 05 47 17
Declination -51 03 59
Distance [parsec] 19.3±0.2edit
Distance [lightyears] 62.9±0.7
Number of stars in system 1
Number of planets in system 1



This image shows the planet Beta Pictoris b. It has been optained with NACO on VLT. The star has been masked out to enable the viewer to see clearly the planet. Credit: ESO.

ArchitectureArchitecture of the system

This list shows all planetary and stellar components in the system. It gives a quick overview of the hierarchical architecture.

  •  beta Pic, stellar object
    •  beta Pic b, planet, semi-major axis: 9.2+1.5−0.5 AU

    PlanetsPlanets in the system

    This table lists all planets in the system beta Pic.

      beta Pic b
    Alternative planet names bet Pic b, Beta Pictoris b, HR 2020 b, HD 39060 b
    Description Beta Pictoris is an A type star, 63 lightyears away from our own Solar System. The star is host to a debris disk and a planet. Using high spectroscopic observations, astronomers were able to measure the length of a day on bet Pic b: 8.1 hours. The planet or material in orbit around it may have been responsible for a transit-like event observed in November 1981.edit
    Lists Confirmed planets
    Mass [Mjup] 11±5edit
    Mass [Mearth] 3496±1589
    Radius [Rjup] 1.65±0.06edit
    Radius [Rearth] 18.5±0.7
    Orbital period [days] 8167+1947−599edit
    Semi-major axis [AU] 9.2+1.5−0.5edit
    Eccentricity 0.07+0.11−0.05edit
    Equilibrium temperature [K] 1600+50−25edit
    Discovery method imaging
    Discovery year 2008
    Last updated [yy/mm/dd] 15/08/22

    starStars in the system

    This table lists all stars in the system beta Pic.

      beta Pic
    Alternative star names bet Pic, Beta Pictoris, HR 2020, HD 39060, HIP 27321, SAO 234134, TYC 8099-1392-1, CD-51 1620, 2MASS J05471708-5103594
    Mass [MSun] 1.60±0.05edit
    Radius [RSun] N/A
    Age [Gyr] 0.023±0.003edit
    Metallicity [Fe/H] N/A
    Temperature [K] 9790edit
    Spectral type A6V
    Visual magnitude 3.86edit

    Planet sizes

    The following plot shows the approximate sizes of the planets in this system The Solar System planets are shown as a comparison. Note that unless the radius has been determined through a transit observation, this is only an approximation (see Lissauer et al. 2011b).

    PlutoMercuryMarsVenusEarthNeptuneUranusSaturnJupiterbeta Pic b

    Habitable zone

    The following plot shows the approximate location of the planets in this system with respect to the habitable zone (green) and the size of the star (red). This is only an estimate, using the star's spectral type and mass. Note that if no green band is shown in the plot, then the planet's orbit is far outside the habitable zone. The equations of Selsis, Kasting et al are used to draw the inner and outer boundaries.

    Habitable zonebeta Pic b

    referencesScientific references and contributors

    Links to scientific papers and other data sources


    This table lists all links which are relevant to this particular system. Note that this is just a summary. More references to the scientific publications and comments can be found in the commit messages. To see these, head over the github or click here to directly go to the git blame output of this system. In the left column of the output you can see the commit message corresponding to each parameter. It also lists the date of the last commit and the person making the changes. Within the commit message, you will find a link to the scientific publication where the data is taken from. Note that this is a new feature and not all system parameters might have a reference associated with it yet. Please help making this catalogue better and contribute data or references!

    Open Exoplanet Catalogue contributors

    Contributor E-mail Number of commits
    Andrew Tribick ajtribick(at) 1
    Hanno Rein hanno(at) 8
    Jaroslav Merc jaroslav.merc(at) 1
    Marc-Antoine Martinod marc-antoine.martinod(at) 1
    Ryan Varley ryanjvarley(at) 1

    This table lists all people who have contributed to the Open Exoplanet Catalogue. Please consider contributing! Click here to find out how. You can also view all commits contributing to this file on github.

    xmlData download

    You can download the xml file corresponding to this planetary system, which is part of the Open Exoplanet Catalogue. All information on this page has been directly generated from this XML file. You can also download the entire catalogue over at github. If you prefer to download the dataset as an ASCII tables, you might find the oec_tables repository usefule.


    If you spot an error or if you can contribute additional data to this entry, please send an e-mail to Please include the corrected xml file and a reference to where the new data is coming from, ideally a scientific paper. If you are fluent with git and github, you can also create a pull request or open an issue on the Open Exoplanet Catalogue repository. Please include the reference to the relevant scientific paper in your commit message.