A new analysis of the GJ581 extrasolar planetary system

  • M. Tadeu dos SantosEmail author
  • G. G. Silva
  • S. Ferraz-Mello
  • T. A. Michtchenko
Original article


We have done a new analysis of the available observations of the GJ581 exoplanetary system. Today this system is controversial due to choices that can be done in the orbital determination. The main ones are the occurrence of aliases and the additional bodies—the planets f and g—announced in Vogt et al. (Astrophys J 723:954–965, 2010). Any dynamical study of exoplanets requires the good knowledge of the orbital elements and the investigations involving the planet g are particularly interesting, since this body would lie in the habitable zone (HZ) of the star GJ581. This region, for this system, is very attractive of the dynamical point of view due to several resonances of two and three bodies present there. In this work, we investigate the conditions under which the planet g may exist. We stress the fact that the planet g is intimately related with the orbital elements of the planet d; more precisely, we conclude that it is not possible to disconnect its existence from the determination of the eccentricity of the planet d. Concerning the planet f, we have found one solution with period ≈450 days, but we are judicious about any affirmation concerning this body because its signal is in the threshold of detection and the high period is in a spectral region where the occurrence of aliases is very common. Besides, we outline some dynamical features of the HZ with the dynamical map and point out the role played by some resonances laying there.


GJ581 exoplanetary system Orbit determination Habitable zone Dynamics Biased Monte Carlo Three-body resonances 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Tadeu dos Santos
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. G. Silva
    • 1
  • S. Ferraz-Mello
    • 1
  • T. A. Michtchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG)Universidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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