Volume 501, Number 2, July II 2009
|Page(s)||785 - 792|
|Section||Planets and planetary systems|
|Published online||13 May 2009|
Discovery and characterization of WASP-6b, an inflated sub-Jupiter mass planet transiting a solar-type star *,**
Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique, Université de Liège, Allée du 6 Août 17, Bât. B5C, Liège 1, Belgium e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Observatoire de Genève, Université de Genève, 51 Chemin des Maillettes, 1290 Sauverny, Switzerland
3 Astrophysics Group, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK
4 Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Mathematics & Physics, Queen's University, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN, UK
5 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
6 School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, North Haugh, Fife, KY16 9SS, UK
7 Department of Astronomy, Harvard University, 60 Garden Street, MS 10, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA
8 Las Cumbres Observatory, 6740 Cortona Dr. Suite 102, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, USA
9 Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
Accepted: 4 May 2009
We report the discovery of WASP-6b, an inflated sub-Jupiter mass planet transiting every days a mildly metal-poor solar-type star of magnitude . A combined analysis of the WASP photometry, high-precision followup transit photometry and radial velocities yield a planetary mass MJ and radius RJ, resulting in a density . The mass and radius for the host star are and . The non-zero orbital eccentricity that we measure suggests that the planet underwent a massive tidal heating ~1 Gyr ago that could have contributed to its inflated radius. High-precision radial velocities obtained during a transit allow us to measure a sky-projected angle between the stellar spin and orbital axis deg. In addition to similar published measurements, this result favors a dominant migration mechanism based on tidal interactions with a protoplanetary disk.
Key words: binaries: eclipsing / stars: individual: WASP-6 / planetary systems / techniques: photometric / techniques: radial velocities / techniques: spectroscopic
Based on data collected with the HARPS spectrograph at ESO La Silla Observatory in the programs 082.C-0040(E) and 082.C-0608.
© ESO, 2009
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