WASP-29b: A Saturn-sized Transiting Exoplanet

Don Pollacco

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Abstract

We report the discovery of a Saturn-sized planet transiting a V = 11.3, K4 dwarf star every 3.9 days. WASP-29b has a mass of 0.24 ± 0.02 M Jup and a radius of 0.79 ± 0.05 R Jup, making it the smallest planet so far discovered by the WASP survey, and the exoplanet most similar in mass and radius to Saturn. The host star WASP-29 has an above-solar metallicity and fits a possible correlation for Saturn-mass planets such that planets with higher-metallicity host stars have higher core masses and thus smaller radii.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L60-L63
Number of pages4
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Volume723
Issue number1 PART 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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