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WASP-40b: Independent Discovery of the 0.6 MJup Transiting Exoplanet HAT-P-27b

D. R. Anderson, S. C. C. Barros, I. Boisse, F. Bouchy, A. Collier Cameron, F. Faedi, G. Hébrard, C. Hellier, M. Lendl, C. Moutou, D. Pollacco, A. Santerne, B. Smalley, A. M. S. Smith, I. Todd, A. H. M. J. Triaud, R. G. West, P. J. Wheatley, J. Bento, B. Enoch, M. Gillon, P. F. L. Maxted, J. McCormac, D. Queloz, E. Simpson, I. Skillen

From WASP photometry and SOPHIE radial velocities we report the discovery of WASP-40b (HAT-P-27b), a 0.6 MJup planet that transits its 12th magnitude host star every 3.04 days. The host star is of late G-type or early K-type and likely has a metallicity greater than solar ([Fe/H] = 0.14 &plusmin; 0.11). The planet's mass and radius are typical of the known hot Jupiters, thus adding another system to the apparent pileup of transiting planets with periods near 3-4 days. Our parameters match those of the recent HATnet announcement of the same planet, thus giving confidence in the techniques used. We report a possible indication of stellar activity in the host star.

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Volume 123, Number 903, Page 555
2011 May

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia