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tau Ceti

The planetary system tau Ceti hosts at least 5 planets.

  System parameters
Primary system name tau Ceti
Alternative system names HD 10700
Right ascension 01 44 04
Declination -15 56 15
Distance [parsec] 3.65edit
Distance [lightyears] 11.90
Number of stars in system 1
Number of planets in system 5

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Artist's impression of the Tau Ceti system Picture credit: J. Pinfield for the RoPACS network at the University of Hertfordshire, 2012.

ArchitectureArchitecture of the system

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

  •  tau Ceti, stellar object
    •  tau Ceti b, planet, semi-major axis: 0.1050 AU
      •  tau Ceti c, planet, semi-major axis: 0.1950 AU
        •  tau Ceti d, planet, semi-major axis: 0.374 AU
          •  tau Ceti e, planet, semi-major axis: 0.552 AU
            •  tau Ceti f, planet, semi-major axis: 1.350 AU

            PlanetsPlanets in the system

            This table lists all planets in the system tau Ceti.

              tau Ceti b tau Ceti c tau Ceti d tau Ceti e tau Ceti f
            Alternative planet names HD 10700 b HD 10700 c HD 10700 d HD 10700 e HD 10700 f
            Description Multiple periodic signals were found by Tuomi et al. in 2012 in the radial velocity data from HARPS, AAPS and HIRES. The planetary nature of the signals has yet to be confirmed.edit Multiple periodic signals were found by Tuomi et al. in 2012 in the radial velocity data from HARPS, AAPS and HIRES. The planetary nature of the signals has yet to be confirmed.edit Multiple periodic signals were found by Tuomi et al. in 2012 in the radial velocity data from HARPS, AAPS and HIRES. The planetary nature of the signals has yet to be confirmed.edit Multiple periodic signals were found by Tuomi et al. in 2012 in the radial velocity data from HARPS, AAPS and HIRES. The planetary nature of the signals has yet to be confirmed.edit Multiple periodic signals were found by Tuomi et al. in 2012 in the radial velocity data from HARPS, AAPS and HIRES. The planetary nature of the signals has yet to be confirmed.edit
            Lists Controversial
            Mass [Mjup] 0.0063edit 0.0098edit 0.0113edit 0.0135edit 0.0208edit
            Mass [Mearth] 2.000 3.10 3.60 4.30 6.60
            Radius [Rjup] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
            Radius [Rearth] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
            Orbital period [days] 13.96edit 35.4edit 94.1edit 168.1edit 642edit
            Semi-major axis [AU] 0.1050edit 0.1950edit 0.374edit 0.552edit 1.350edit
            Eccentricity 0.1600edit 0.0300edit 0.0800edit 0.0850edit 0.0300edit
            Equilibrium temperature [K] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
            Discovery method RV
            Discovery year 2012
            Last updated [yy/mm/dd] 12/12/19

            starStars in the system

            This table lists all stars in the system tau Ceti.

              tau Ceti
            Alternative star names HD 10700
            Mass [MSun] 0.783edit
            Radius [RSun] 0.798edit
            Age [Gyr] 5.80edit
            Metallicity [Fe/H] -0.550edit
            Temperature [K] N/A
            Spectral type G8.5 V
            Visual magnitude 3.50edit

            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).

            PlutoMercuryMarsVenusEarthNeptuneUranusSaturnJupitertau Ceti btau Ceti ctau Ceti dtau Ceti etau Ceti f

            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 zonetau Ceti btau Ceti ctau Ceti dtau Ceti etau Ceti f

            referencesScientific references and contributors

            Links to scientific papers and other data sources

            history http://star-www.herts.ac.uk/~hraj/tauceti/
            history http://arxiv.org/pdf/1212.4277v1.pdf

            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
            Hanno Rein hanno(at)hanno-rein.de 5
            Marc-Antoine Martinod marc-antoine.martinod(at)ens-cachan.fr 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.

            correctionsCorrections

            If you spot an error or if you can contribute additional data to this entry, please send an e-mail to exoplanet@hanno-rein.de. 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.