OGLE-2012-BLG-0026 - A two-planet system from microlensing

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OGLE-2012-BLG-0026 - A two-planet system from microlensing

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 16th October 2012, 8:52 pm

The second multiple-planet system discovered by microlensing: OGLE-2012-BLG-0026Lb, c, a pair of jovian planets beyond the snow line

We report the discovery of a planetary system from observation of the high-magnification microlensing event OGLE-2012-BLG-0026. The lensing light curve exhibits a complex central perturbation with multiple features. We find that the perturbation was produced by two planets located near the Einstein ring of the planet host star. We identify 4 possible solutions resulting from the well-known close/wide degeneracy. By measuring both the lens parallax and the Einstein radius, we estimate the physical parameters of the planetary system. According to the best-fit model, the two planet masses ~0.11 M_Jupiter and 0.68 M_Jupiter and they are orbiting a G-type main sequence star with a mass ~0.82 M_Sun. The projected separations of the individual planets are beyond the snow line in all four solutions, being ~3.8 AU and 4.6 AU in the best-fit solution. The deprojected separations are both individually larger and possibly reversed in order. This is the second multi-planet system with both planets beyond the snow line discovered by microlensing. These are the only such systems (other than the Solar System) with measured planet masses. The planetary system is located at a distance 4.1 kpc from the Earth toward the Galactic center. It is very likely that the blended light comes from the lens itself. If this is correct, it will be possible to obtain detailed information about the planet-host star from follow-up observation.

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Re: OGLE-2012-BLG-0026 - A two-planet system from microlensing

Post by Lazarus on 17th October 2012, 7:33 pm

So another scaled-down Jupiter/Saturn pair... glad such systems don't seem to be too rare...

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Re: OGLE-2012-BLG-0026 - A two-planet system from microlensing

Post by Edasich on 30th January 2013, 7:19 am

Finally this system is listed at EPE:


Though listed twice... Suspect

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