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HW Vir

The planetary system HW Vir hosts at least one planet. Note that the system is a multiple star system. It hosts at least 3 stellar components.

  System parameters
Primary system name HW Vir
Alternative system names N/A
Right ascension 12 44 20.23731
Declination -08 40 16.8338
Distance [parsec] 181.0
Distance [lightyears] 590
Number of stars in system 3
Number of planets in system 1

ArchitectureArchitecture of the system

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

  •  Stellar binary, semi-major axis: 5.30 AU, 15.84 years
    •  Stellar binary, semi-major axis: 0.0040 AU, 0.1167 days
      •  HW Vir A, stellar object
        •  HW Vir B, stellar object
          •  HW Vir (AB) b, circumbinary planet, P-type, semi-major axis: 4.69 AU
          •  HW Vir (AB) C, stellar object

          PlanetsPlanets in the system

          This table lists all planets in the system HW Vir.

            HW Vir (AB) b
          Alternative planet names HW Virginis (AB) b
          Description HW Virginis is an eclipsing binary (Algol type). The circumbinary planet HW Vir (AB) has been detected by timing variation. An additional object orbits the binary every 16 years. With almost 20 Jupiter masses it is classified as a brown dwarf.
          Lists Controversial; Planets in binary systems, P-type
          Mass [Mjup] 14.30
          Mass [Mearth] 4545
          Radius [Rjup] N/A
          Radius [Rearth] N/A
          Orbital period [days] 4640
          Semi-major axis [AU] 4.69
          Eccentricity 0.400
          Equilibrium temperature [K] N/A
          Discovery method timing
          Discovery year 2008
          Last updated [yy/mm/dd] 12/11/24

          starStars in the system

          This table lists all stars in the system HW Vir.

            HW Vir A HW Vir B HW Vir (AB) C
          Alternative star names N/A N/A N/A
          Mass [MSun] 0.485 0.1420 0.0186
          Radius [RSun] 0.1830 0.1750 N/A
          Age [Gyr] N/A N/A N/A
          Metallicity [Fe/H] N/A N/A N/A
          Temperature [K] 28488 3084 N/A
          Spectral type sdB+M sdB+M N/A
          Visual magnitude 4.22 15.59 N/A

          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).

          PlutoMercuryMarsVenusEarthNeptuneUranusSaturnJupiterHW Vir (AB) 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
          Christian Sturm Sol-d(at) 1
          Hanno Rein hanno(at) 11
          Kenneth J Cott kennethjcott(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 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.