The Deep Blue Color of HD 189733b: Albedo Measurements with Hubble Space Telescope/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph at Visible Wavelengths

Thomas M. Evans, Frédéric Pont, David K. Sing, Suzanne Aigrain, Joanna K. Barstow, Jean-Michel Désert, Neale Gibson, Kevin Heng, Heather A. Knutson, Alain Lecavelier des Etangs

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Abstract

We present a secondary eclipse observation for the hot Jupiter HD 189733b across the wavelength range 290-570 nm made using the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph on the Hubble Space Telescope. We measure geometric albedos of Ag = 0.40 ± 0.12 across 290-450 nm and Ag <0.12 across 450-570 nm at 1σ confidence. The albedo decrease toward longer wavelengths is also apparent when using six wavelength bins over the same wavelength range. This can be interpreted as evidence for optically thick reflective clouds on the dayside hemisphere with sodium absorption suppressing the scattered light signal beyond ~450 nm. Our best-fit albedo values imply that HD 189733b would appear a deep blue color at visible wavelengths.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal. Letters
Volume772
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • planets and satellites: atmospheres
  • stars: individual: HD 189733
  • techniques: photometric

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    Evans, T. M., Pont, F., Sing, D. K., Aigrain, S., Barstow, J. K., Désert, J-M., Gibson, N., Heng, K., Knutson, H. A., & Lecavelier des Etangs, A. (2013). The Deep Blue Color of HD 189733b: Albedo Measurements with Hubble Space Telescope/Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph at Visible Wavelengths. The Astrophysical Journal. Letters, 772(2). https://doi.org/10.1088/2041-8205/772/2/L16