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2005-Oct-20, 05:03 PM
With the discoveries of other planetary systems around other stars, I was wondering if any of the parent stars are bright enough to see naked eye?

2005-Oct-20, 05:23 PM
One recent example is

transiting exoplanet (http://skyandtelescope.com/news/article_1606_1.asp)

while not naked eye, is easy binocular star.

grant hutchison
2005-Oct-20, 10:21 PM
Quite a few.
Fomalhaut, magnitude 1.1, has a suspected planet disturbing its circumstellar disc. Of those stars with planetary orbits derived from radial velocity measurements, the brightest is Gamma Cephei, magnitude 3.2, followed by Epsilon Eridani, 3.7. Exoplanet stars with magnitudes greater than 5 are: Upsilon Andromedae, Epsilon Reticuli, Tau Bootis, 70 Virginis.
With a good dark sky you would be able to see down to magnitude six, and pick out several more.

Grant Hutchison

2005-Oct-21, 05:24 AM
There are a few parent stars to exo-planets visible in the southern hemosphere as well. But I couldn't tell you which ones they are.