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HD 159868

The planetary system HD 159868 hosts at least 2 planets.

  System parameters
Primary system name HD 159868
Alternative system names N/A
Right ascension 17 39 00
Declination -43 08 43.8443
Distance [parsec] 52.7
Distance [lightyears] 171.9
Number of stars in system 1
Number of planets in system 2

ArchitectureArchitecture of the system

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

  •  HD 159868, stellar object
    •  HD 159868 b, planet, semi-major axis: 2.25 AU
      •  HD 159868 c, planet, semi-major axis: 1.000 AU

      PlanetsPlanets in the system

      This table lists all planets in the system HD 159868.

        HD 159868 b HD 159868 c
      Alternative planet names Gaia DR2 5955841736510622208 b, TYC 7896-3839-1 b, HIP 86375 b, GJ 4014 b Gaia DR2 5955841736510622208 c, TYC 7896-3839-1 c, HIP 86375 c, GJ 4014 c
      Description A second planet in this system has been discovered in 2012 by the Anglo-Australian Planet Search. This planet was discovered by the Anglo-Australian Planet Search. It is orbiting a star previously known to host one planet. After the discovery of the second planet, the reported eccentricity of the first planet changed significantly. This system is an example of how multiple-planet systems can masquerade as moderately eccentric single-planet systems.
      Lists Confirmed planets
      Mass [Mjup] 2.10 0.730
      Mass [Mearth] 667 232
      Radius [Rjup] N/A N/A
      Radius [Rearth] N/A N/A
      Orbital period [days] 1178 352
      Semi-major axis [AU] 2.25 1.000
      Eccentricity 0.0100 0.1500
      Equilibrium temperature [K] 225 337
      Discovery method RV
      Discovery year 2007 2012
      Last updated [yy/mm/dd] 12/05/15

      starStars in the system

      This table lists all stars in the system HD 159868.

        HD 159868
      Alternative star names Gaia DR2 5955841736510622208, TYC 7896-3839-1, HIP 86375, GJ 4014
      Mass [MSun] 1.090
      Radius [RSun] N/A
      Age [Gyr] N/A
      Metallicity [Fe/H] N/A
      Temperature [K] 5395
      Spectral type G5V
      Visual magnitude 7.24

      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).

      PlutoMercuryMarsVenusEarthNeptuneUranusSaturnJupiterHD 159868 bHD 159868 c

      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 zoneHD 159868 bHD 159868 c

      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
      Christian Sturm Sol-d(at) 1
      Hanno Rein hanno(at) 6
      Marc-Antoine Martinod marc-antoine.martinod(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 useful.


      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.