Naked-Eye Exoplanet Host Stars

As of August, 2010, more than 470 exoplanets have been found. The authors have put together a list of 20 naked-eye stars that host exoplanets. Point out some of these at your next star party, and wave hello — who knows, someone may be waving back.

The internet is awash with information on exoplanets. The Planetary Society (www.planetary.org/exoplanets/list.php) is a good place to start, with comprehensive listings, finder charts, and illustrations. Click here to download a PDF listing 20 easy exoplanet host stars, along with information about the planets.