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2011ApJ...742L..24K - Astrophys. J., 742, L24 (2011/December-1)

55 Cancri: a coplanar planetary system that is likely misaligned with its star.


Abstract (from CDS):

Although the 55 Cnc system contains multiple, closely packed planets that are presumably in a coplanar configuration, we use numerical simulations to demonstrate that they are likely to be highly inclined to their parent star's spin axis. Due to perturbations from its distant binary companion, this planetary system precesses like a rigid body about its parent star. Consequently, the parent star's spin axis and the planetary orbit normal likely diverged long ago. Because only the projected separation of the binary is known, we study this effect statistically, assuming an isotropic distribution for wide binary orbits. We find that the most likely projected spin-orbit angle is ∼50°, with a ∼30% chance of a retrograde configuration. Transit observations of the innermost planet–55 Cnc e–may be used to verify these findings via the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. 55 Cancri may thus represent a new class of planetary systems with well-ordered, coplanar orbits that are inclined with respect to the stellar equator.

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Journal keyword(s): planets and satellites: detection - planets and satellites: dynamical evolution and stability - planets and satellites: formation - planets and satellites: general

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