Three newly discovered sub-Jupiter-mass planets : WASP-69b and WASP-84b transit active K dwarfs and WASP-70Ab transits the evolved primary of a G4+K3 binary
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We report the discovery of the transiting exoplanets WASP-69b, WASP-70Ab and WASP-84b, each of which orbits a bright star (V ∼ 10). WASP-69b is a bloated Saturn-mass planet (0.26 MJup, 1.06 RJup) in a 3.868-d period around an active, ∼1-Gyr, mid-K dwarf. ROSAT detected X-rays 60±27 arcsec from WASP-69. If the star is the source then the planet could be undergoing mass-loss at a rate of ∼1012 g s−1. This is one to two orders of magnitude higher than the evaporation rate estimated for HD 209458b and HD 189733b, both of which have exhibited anomalously large Lyman α absorption during transit. WASP-70Ab is a sub-Jupiter-mass planet (0.59 MJup, 1.16 RJup) in a 3.713-d orbit around the primary of a spatially resolved, 9–10-Gyr, G4+K3 binary, with a separation of 3.3 arcsec (≥800 au). WASP-84b is a sub-Jupiter-mass planet (0.69 MJup, 0.94 RJup) in an 8.523-d orbit around an active, ∼1-Gyr, early-K dwarf. Of the transiting planets discovered from the ground to date, WASP-84b has the third-longest period. For the active stars WASP-69 and WASP-84, we pre-whitened the radial velocities using a low-order harmonic series. We found that this reduced the residual scatter more than did the oft-used method of pre-whitening with a fit between residual radial velocity and bisector span. The system parameters were essentially unaffected by pre-whitening.
Anderson , D R , Cameron , A C , Delrez , L , Doyle , A P , Faedi , F , Fumel , A , Gillon , M , Chew , Y G M , Hellier , C , Jehin , E , Lendl , M , Maxted , P F L , Pepe , F , Pollacco , D , Queloz , D , Segransan , D , Skillen , I , Smalley , B , Smith , A M S , Southworth , J , Triaud , A H M J , Turner , O D , Udry , S & West , R G 2014 , ' Three newly discovered sub-Jupiter-mass planets : WASP-69b and WASP-84b transit active K dwarfs and WASP-70Ab transits the evolved primary of a G4+K3 binary ' Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society , vol 445 , no. 2 , pp. 1114-1129 . DOI: 10.1093/mnras/stu1737
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