HD 40979 is a star with 1.45 times the mass of the Sun, and 1.21 times its radius. It is located 111.18 light years away from the solar system.
HD 40979 is known to have 1 exoplanets in orbit around it.
HD 40979 b was discovered by the Multiple Observatories observatory, in 2003-04, using the radial velocity method. Its semi-major axis is 0.85 astronomical units, as compared to Earth's which is 1 astronomical unit. The mass of HD 40979 b is 1485.060 times the mass of Earth. The radius of HD 40979 b is 12.900 that of Earth. At more than 50 Earth masses, HD 40979 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.