A System of Three Super Earths Transiting the Late K-Dwarf GJ 9827 at 30 pc
Author(s)Rodriguez, Joseph E.; Vanderburg, Andrew; Eastman, Jason D.; Mann, Andrew W.; Crossfield, Ian J. M.; Ciardi, David R.; Latham, David W.; Quinn, Samuel N.; ... Show more Show less
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We report the discovery of three small transiting planets orbiting GJ 9827, a bright (K = 7.2) nearby late K-type dwarf star. GJ 9827 hosts a 1.62 ± 0.11 R⊕ super Earth on a 1.2 day period, 1.269[subscript -00.089][superscript +0.087] R⊕ a super Earth on a 3.6 day period, and a 2.07 ± 0.14 R⊕ super Earth on a 6.2 day period. The radii of the planets transiting GJ 9827 span the transition between predominantly rocky and gaseous planets, and GJ 9827 b and c fall in or close to the known gap in the radius distribution of small planets between these populations. At a distance of 30 pc, GJ 9827 is the closest exoplanet host discovered by K2 to date, making these planets well-suited for atmospheric studies with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. The GJ 9827 system provides a valuable opportunity to characterize interior structure and atmospheric properties of coeval planets spanning the rocky to gaseous transition.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
American Astronomical Society
Rodriguez, Joseph E. et al. “A System of Three Super Earths Transiting the Late K-Dwarf GJ 9827 at 30 pc.” The Astronomical Journal 155, 2 (January 2018): 72. © 2018 The American Astronomical Society
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