The Pan-Pacific Planet Search VII: The most eccentric planet orbiting a giant star.
Radial velocity observations from three instruments reveal the presence of a 4 M_jup planet candidate orbiting the K giant HD 76920. HD 76920b has an orbital eccentricity of 0.856$\pm$0.009, making it the most eccentric planet known to orbit an evolved star. There is no indication that HD 76920 has an unseen binary companion, suggesting a scattering event rather than Kozai oscillations as a probable culprit for the observed eccentricity. The candidate planet currently approaches to about four stellar radii from its host star, and is predicted to be engulfed on a $\sim$100 Myr timescale due to the combined effects of stellar evolution and tidal interactions.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1711.05378
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