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    Default Observing Stars with Planetary Systems



    Hello all;

    This may be a very "noobish" type question, but I'm wondering if there are any observable stars in the sky, that I can observe using binoculars or a 6" reflector, that have planetary systems? I'm interested in compiling a list of such stars to try to observe. To me, I think it would be cool to look at such a star, and even though I cannot see those planets, know that they are there.

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    Default Re: Observing Stars with Planetary Systems

    Yes, there's quite a few. For starters, Pollux - β Geminorum and Fomalhaut - α Piscis Austrini are two of the brighter stars in the sky, and they are both known to have planetary systems.
    If you want to make a start with your scope, you might be interested in searching for 51 Pegasi, which was the first Main Sequence star to have a confirmed planetary system - announced just over 22 years ago on 6th October '95. It's magnitude 5.49, so should be easily visible in binoculars or your scope.

    There are a few resources and catalogues for exoplanet systems listed on the wikipedia page that you might want to use to identify other 'interesting' stars with planets
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    Default Re: Observing Stars with Planetary Systems

    I have a post on my blog about "Life Stars" (a term I coined to describe visible stars with planets in the habitable zone).

    Check it out: https://starinastar.com/life-stars/
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    Default Re: Observing Stars with Planetary Systems

    I great question, and I too want to thank everyone for the answers given, some good reading that I hope translates into some great experiences. johnnyb
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    Default Re: Observing Stars with Planetary Systems

    Great information from those that contributed.
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    Default Re: Observing Stars with Planetary Systems

    Based upon a sample of whats been found so far NASA says, its a LOT! At least every 1 out of 6 Earth size stars have an earth-like planet, the number is higher for read dwarfs (can't see in binos). So I guess you can imagine at a dark location the number of aliens looking back at you with their binos will be huge.

    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/k...e-planets.html

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