A Prograde, Low-Inclination Orbit for the Very Hot Jupiter WASP-3b
Author(s)Tripathi, Anjali; Winn, Joshua Nathan; Johnson, John Asher; Howard, Andrew W.; Halverson, Sam; Marcy, Geoffrey W.; Holman, Matthew J.; de Kleer, Katherine R.; Carter, Joshua Adam; Esquerdo, G. A.; Everett, Mark E.; Cabrera, Nicole E.; ... Show more Show less
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We present new spectroscopic and photometric observations of the transiting exo- planetary system WASP-3. Spectra obtained during two separate transits exhibit the Rossiter-McLaughlin (RM) effect and allow us to estimate the sky-projected angle be- tween the planetary orbital axis and the stellar rotation axis, = 3.3+2.5 −4.4 degrees. This alignment between the axes suggests that WASP-3b has a low orbital inclination rela- tive to the equatorial plane of its parent star. During our first night of spectroscopic measurements, we observed an unexpected redshift briefly exceeding the expected sum of the orbital and RM velocities by 140 m s−1. This anomaly could represent the oc- cultation of material erupting from the stellar photosphere, although it is more likely to be an artifact caused by moonlight scattered into the spectrograph.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics; MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Anjali Tripathi et al. "A Prograde, Low-Inclination Orbit for the Very Hot Jupiter WASP-3b." ApJ 715.1 (2010): 421-428.
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