WASP-20b and WASP-28b : a hot Saturn and a hot Jupiter in near-aligned orbits around solar-type stars
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We report the discovery of the planets WASP-20b and WASP-28b along with measurements of their sky-projected orbital obliquities. WASP-20b is an inflated, Saturn-mass planet (0.31M; 1.46R) in a 4.9-day, near-aligned (λ = 12.7 ± 4.2) orbit around CD-24 102 (V = 10.7; F9). Due to the low density of the planet and the apparent brightness of the host star, WASP-20 is a good target for atmospheric characterisation via transmission spectroscopy. WASP-28b is an inflated, Jupiter-mass planet (0.91M; 1.21R) in a 3.4-day, near-aligned (λ = 8 ± 18) orbit around a V = 12, F8 star. As intermediate-mass planets in short orbits around aged, cool stars (7 Gyr and 6000 ± 100 K for WASP-20; 5 Gyr and 6100 ± 150 K for WASP-28), their orbital alignment is consistent with the hypothesis that close-in giant planets are scattered into eccentric orbits with random alignments, which are then circularised and aligned with their stars' spins via tidal dissipation.
Anderson , D R , Collier Cameron , A , Hellier , C , Lendl , M , Lister , T A , Maxted , P F L , Queloz , D , Smalley , B , Smith , A M S , Triaud , A H M J , Brown , D J A , Gillon , M , Neveu-Vanmalle , M , Pepe , F , Pollacco , D , Ségransan , D , Udry , S , West , R G & Wheatley , P J 2015 , ' WASP-20b and WASP-28b : a hot Saturn and a hot Jupiter in near-aligned orbits around solar-type stars ' Astronomy & Astrophysics , vol 575 , A64 . DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201423591
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Reproduced with permission from Astronomy & Astrophysics, © ESO 2015.
Funding for WASP comes from consortium universities and from the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council. M. Gillon is a FNRS Research Associate. A. H. M. J. Triaud is a Swiss National Science Foundation fellow under grant number PBGEP2-145594.
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