Gliese 876 System

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Very nearby quadruple planet system and the first Red Dwarf found to have planets. The innermost planet (d) was the first found rocky planet around a normal star (the first true Super-Earth, at epistellar distances). The outer three planets c (Saturnian), b (Jovian), and e (Neptunian) are in 1:2:4 (30d/60d/120d) resonance (the exoplanet resonance and first triple-resonant planets discovered). The outermost planet has a Mercury-like orbit however it is very much colder than Mercury. Gliese 876 e actually receives only slightly more warmth from Gliese 876 than Jupiter does from our Sun. Planet b is second discovered by ELODIE after 51 Peg b and the second to have its mass exactly measured and the first to have done so by astrometry.

Gliese 876 System Web Pages

Gliese 876 System In the News

Discovery of Planet b (1998)

Discovery of the nearest exoplanet to the Sun article

Discovery of Resonant Planet c (2001)

A planet in resonance with the earlier detected planet is discovered

3-Body Orbit Solutions (2001-2005)

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Evolution and Stability of Resonance Orbits (2001-2005) (2001) (2001) (2001) (2002) (2002) article (2002) article (2003) article (2003) (2003) (2003) (2003) (2004) (2005)

Astrometric Mass Estimation (2002)

Transit Attempts

Habital Zone Studies (2002-2005) (2002)

Planet d Discovered (2005)

The smallest exoplanet and the first certain rocky planet is discovered

Planet d Must be Dense

Calculations show that in order to avoid evaporation by its star, planet d must have a density of greater than 3 g cm^-3 and contain a large fraction of massive elements.

Red Dwarf Studies (2002) (2005)

Planet d Studies (2005)

Internal Conditions of Planet d Modelled (2006)

Planets Coplanar (2008)

Planet e discovered, resonates with a and b (2010)

Gliese 876 System Fun Links

System Factoids

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Gliese 876 Star Factoids

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Planet b Factoids

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Map of Gliese 876 System

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