Exoplanet predictions based on the generalized titius-bode relation

Timothy Bovaird*, Charles H. Lineweaver

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    Abstract

    We evaluate the extent to which newly detected exoplanetary systems containing at least four planets adhere to a generalized Titius-Bode (TB) relation. We find that the majority of exoplanet systems in our sample adhere to the TB relation to a greater extent than the Solar system does, particularly those detected by the Kepler mission. We use a generalized TB relation to make a list of predictions for the existence of 141 additional exoplanets in 68 multiple-exoplanet systems: 73 candidates from interpolation, 68 candidates from extrapolation. We predict the existence of a low-radius (R < 2.5R) exoplanet within the habitable zone of KOI-812 and that the average number of planets in the habitable zone of a star is 1-2. The usefulness of the TB relation and its validation as a tool for predicting planets will be partially tested by upcoming Kepler data releases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1126-1138
    Number of pages13
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Volume435
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013

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