The 81 Cet Exoplanetary System
81 Cet is a star with 2.4 times the mass of the Sun, and 11 times its radius. It is located 331.15 light years away from the solar system.
81 Cet is known to have 1 exoplanets in orbit around it.
81 Cet b
81 Cet b was discovered by the Okayama Astrophysical Observatory observatory using the radial velocity method. Its discovery was announced in 2008-12. Its semi-major axis is 2.50 astronomical units, as compared to Earth's which is 1 astronomical unit. It takes 952.70 Earth days to complete an orbit around its host star, 81 Cet.
Its eccentricity, the extent to which the shape of the exoplanet's orbit departs from a perfect circle (Earth's is 0.0167, which is why the shape of Earth's orbit is circular rather than oval in appearance), is 0.206, which means that when 81 Cet b is at is at its closest point to its host star, 1.99 astronomical units separates the two, and when it is at its farthest point, this number is 3.01. In the case of Earth, these numbers are 0.9832899 and 1.0167103 respectively.
The mass of 81 Cet b is 1684.40 times the mass of Earth. At more than 50 Earth masses, 81 Cet b is a gas giant, a planet whose mass is mostly made up of hydrogen and helium, like Jupiter and Saturn in our solar system.