Kepler 16 is a binary star system comprising of Kepler 16A and Kepler 16B, note that Kepler 16B is the star and Kepler 16b is the planet. Kepler 16A is an orange dwarf with 69% the mass of the sun, while Kepler 16B is a red dwarf with 20% the mass of the sun. The two stars are separated by a distance of 20.5 million miles (33 million km). Kepler-16: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet Laurance R Doyle et al. Free article Show details Science Actions. Search in PubMed Search in NLM Catalog Add to Search. 2011 Sep 16;333(6049):1602-6. Doi: 10.1126/science.1210923. Authors Laurance R Doyle 1. Kepler-16b was the Kepler telescope’s first discovery of a planet in a “circumbinary” orbit– circling two stars, as opposed to one star in a double-star system. Like Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine, Kepler-16b would have two sunsets if you could stand on its surface. Kepler 16 is a London-based software consultancy and professional network. We construct small, expert teams to tackle ambitious projects, solve hard problems and deliver solutions that scale. Why Work For Us Our Culture Our Engineering Processes Our Hiring Process. 13 Sep 2011: Kepler 16 is an eclisping binary star with a 41.0781 day period with two K or M components (Slawson et al. The mass given to Kepler-16 (AB) is the sum of the masses of components A and B. The parameters for the individual components are (in solar units - Doyle et al. 2011): Star A: Mass: 0.6897 ± 0.0035.
Abstract: We report the detection of a planet whose orbit surrounds a pair of low-massstars. Data from the Kepler spacecraft reveal transits of the planet acrossboth stars, in addition to the mutual eclipses of the stars, giving preciseconstraints on the absolute dimensions of all three bodies. The planet iscomparable to Saturn in mass and size, and is on a nearly circular 229-dayorbit around its two parent stars. The eclipsing stars are 20% and 69% asmassive as the sun, and have an eccentric 41-day orbit. The motions of allthree bodies are confined to within 0.5 degree of a single plane, suggestingthat the planet formed within a circumbinary disk.
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