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See detailDiscovery of three new transiting hot Jupiters: WASP-161 b, WASP-163 b and WASP-170 b
Barkaoui, K.; Burdanov, Artem ULiege; Hellier, C. et al

in Astronomical Journal (2019), 157(2),

We present the discovery by the WASP-South transit survey of three new transiting hot Jupiters, WASP-161 b, WASP-163 b and WASP-170 b. Follow-up radial velocities obtained with the Euler/CORALIE ... [more ▼]

We present the discovery by the WASP-South transit survey of three new transiting hot Jupiters, WASP-161 b, WASP-163 b and WASP-170 b. Follow-up radial velocities obtained with the Euler/CORALIE spectrograph and high-precision transit light curves obtained with the TRAPPIST-North, TRAPPIST-South, SPECULOOS-South, NITES, and Euler telescopes have enabled us to determine the masses and radii for these transiting exoplanets. WASP-161\,b completes an orbit around its $V=11.1$ F6V-type host star in 5.406 days, and has a mass and radius of $2.5\pm 0.2$$M_{Jup}$ and $1.14\pm 0.06$ $R_{Jup}$ respectively. WASP-163\,b has an orbital period of 1.609 days, a mass of $1.9\pm0.2$ $M_{Jup}$, and a radius of $1.2\pm0.1$ $R_{Jup}$. Its host star is a $V=12.5$ G8-type dwarf. WASP-170\,b is on a 2.344 days orbit around a G1V-type star of magnitude $V=12.8$. It has a mass of $1.7\pm0.2$ $M_{Jup}$ and a radius of $1.14\pm0.09$ $R_{Jup}$. Given their irradiations ($\sim10^9$ erg.s$^{-1}$.cm$^{-2}$) and masses, the three new planets sizes are in good agreement with classical structure models of irradiated giant planets. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh resolution optical spectroscopy of the $\mathrm{N_2}$-rich comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS)
Opitom, C.; Hutsemekers, Damien ULiege; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

Early observations of comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS) have shown that the composition of this comet is very peculiar. We obtained high resolution spectra of the comet in February when it was at 2.8 au from ... [more ▼]

Early observations of comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS) have shown that the composition of this comet is very peculiar. We obtained high resolution spectra of the comet in February when it was at 2.8 au from the Sun. We used the UVES spectrograph of the ESO VLT, complemented with narrow-band images obtained with the TRAPPIST telescopes. We detect strong emissions from the ions $\mathrm{N_2^+}$ and $\mathrm{CO^+}$, but also $\mathrm{CO_2^+}$, emission from the CH radical, and much fainter emissions of the CN, $\mathrm{C_2}$, and $\mathrm{C_3}$ radicals which were not detected in previous observations of this comet. We do not detect OH or $\mathrm{H_2O^+}$, and derive an upper limit of the $\mathrm{H_2O^+/CO^+}$ ratio of 0.4, implying that the comet has a low water abundance. We measure a $\mathrm{N_2^+/CO^+}$ ratio of $0.06\pm0.01$. The non-detection of $\mathrm{NH_2}$ indicates that most of the nitrogen content of the comet lies within $\mathrm{N_2}$. Together with the high $\mathrm{N_2^+/CO^+}$ ratio, this could indicate a low formation temperature of the comet, or that the comet is a fragment of a large differentiated Kuiper Belt object. The $\mathrm{CO_2^+/CO^+}$ ratio is $1.1\pm0.3$. We do not detect $\mathrm{^{14}N^{15}N^+}$ lines, and can only put a lower limit on the $\mathrm{^{14}N/^{15}N}$ ratio measured from $\mathrm{N_2^+}$ of about 100, compatible with measurements of the same isotopic ratio for $\mathrm{NH_2}$ and CN in other comets. Finally, in addition to the [OI] and [CI] forbidden lines, we detect for the first time the forbidden nitrogen lines [NI] doublet at 519.79 and 520.04 nm in the coma of a comet. [less ▲]

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See detailNew transiting hot Jupiters discovered by WASP-South, Euler/CORALIE, and TRAPPIST-South
Hellier, Coel; Anderson, D. R.; Bouchy, F. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2019), 482

We report the discovery of eight hot-Jupiter exoplanets from the WASP-South transit survey. WASP-144b has a mass of 0.44 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB], a radius of 0.85 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB], and is in a 2.27-d orbit around ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of eight hot-Jupiter exoplanets from the WASP-South transit survey. WASP-144b has a mass of 0.44 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB], a radius of 0.85 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB], and is in a 2.27-d orbit around a V = 12.9, K2 star which shows a 21-d rotational modulation. WASP-145Ab is a 0.89 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB] planet in a 1.77-d orbit with a grazing transit. The host is a V = 11.5, K2 star with a companion 5 arcsec away and 1.4 mag fainter. WASP-158b is a relatively massive planet at 2.8 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB] with a radius of 1.1 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB] and a 3.66-d orbit. It transits a V = 12.1, F6 star. WASP-159b is a bloated hot Jupiter (1.4 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB] and 0.55 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]) in a 3.8-d orbit around a V = 12.9, F9 star. WASP-162b is a massive planet in a relatively long and highly eccentric orbit (5.2 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB], P = 9.6 d, e = 0.43). It transits a V = 12.2, K0 star. WASP-168b is a bloated hot Jupiter (0.42 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]; 1.5 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB]) in a 4.15-d orbit with a grazing transit. The host is a V = 12.1, F9 star. WASP-172b is a bloated hot Jupiter (0.5 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]; 1.6 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB]) in a 5.48-d orbit around a V = 11.0, F1 star. WASP-173Ab is a massive planet (3.7 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]) with a 1.2 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB] radius in a circular orbit with a period of 1.39 d. The host is a V = 11.3, G3 star, being the brighter component of the double-star system WDS23366 - 3437, with a companion 6 arcsec away and 0.8 mag fainter. One of the two stars shows a rotational modulation of 7.9 d. [less ▲]

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See detailThe homogeneous internal structure of CM-like asteroid (41) Daphne
Carry, B.; Vachier, F.; Berthier, J. et al

E-print/Working paper (2019)

Context. CM-like asteroids (Ch and Cgh classes) are a major population within the broader C-complex, encompassing about 10% of the mass of the main asteroid belt. Their internal structure has been ... [more ▼]

Context. CM-like asteroids (Ch and Cgh classes) are a major population within the broader C-complex, encompassing about 10% of the mass of the main asteroid belt. Their internal structure has been predicted to be homogeneous, based on their compositional similarity as inferred from spectroscopy (Vernazza et al., 2016, AJ 152, 154) and numerical modeling of their early thermal evolution (Bland & Travis, 2017, Sci. Adv. 3, e1602514). Aims. Here we aim to test this hypothesis by deriving the density of the CM-like asteroid (41) Daphne from detailed modeling of its shape and the orbit of its small satellite. Methods. We observed Daphne and its satellite within our imaging survey with the Very Large Telescope extreme adaptive-optics SPHERE/ZIMPOL camera (ID 199.C-0074, PI P. Vernazza) and complemented this data set with earlier Keck/NIRC2 and VLT/NACO observations. We analyzed the dynamics of the satellite with our Genoid meta-heuristic algorithm. Combining our high-angular resolution images with optical lightcurves and stellar occultations, we determine the spin period, orientation, and 3-D shape, using our ADAM shape modeling algorithm. Results. The satellite orbits Daphne on an equatorial, quasi-circular, prograde orbit, like the satellites of many other large main-belt asteroids. The shape model of Daphne reveals several large flat areas that could be large impact craters. The mass determined from this orbit combined with the volume computed from the shape model implies a density for Daphne of 1.77+/-0.26 g/cm3 (3 {\sigma}). This density is consistent with a primordial CM-like homogeneous internal structure with some level of macroporosity (~17%). Conclusions. Based on our analysis of the density of Daphne and 75 other Ch/Cgh-type asteroids gathered from the literature, we conclude that the primordial internal structure of the CM parent bodies was homogeneous. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytic methods for the Abel transform of exponential functions describing planetary and cometary atmospheres.
Hubert, Benoît ULiege; Munhoven, Guy ULiege; Opitom, Cyrielle et al

Poster (2018, December 11)

Remote sensing of planetary and cometary atmosphere is one of the most important source of data and knowledge of the gas layers surrounding the celestial objects of our solar system, including our own ... [more ▼]

Remote sensing of planetary and cometary atmosphere is one of the most important source of data and knowledge of the gas layers surrounding the celestial objects of our solar system, including our own planet. Most of the instruments used up to now and that will be used in a near future study the emission of radiations directly produced by the atmosphere. Under optically thin conditions, this observation method provides the local volume emission rate (VER) originating from the atmosphere, integrated along the full line of sight (l.o.s.) of the instrument. Under a spherical or cylindrical symmetry assumption, the l.o.s. integration of the VER takes the form of the Abel transform of the vertical VER profile. The simplest analytical functions representing VER profiles in real planetary and cometary atmosphere include an exponential function of the altitude (or radial distance), giving the isothermal profile for a planet and the Haser model for a coma. The Abel transform of these functions can be computed analytically using combinations of special functions. Retrieving the vertical (radial) profile of the VER does however require to invert the observed Abel transform to account for possible departures from these idealized analytical expressions, so that indefinite integrals defined from the Abel integral (which we will call indefinite Abel transforms) are needed (or numerical integrations need to be performed). In this study, we present a new method to produce a workable series development allowing accurate computation of the indefinite Abel transforms that appear in the study of optically thin emissions of planetary and cometary atmospheres. Indeed, taking the Taylor series development of the exponential function to reduce the problem to a series of indefinite Abel transforms of polynomial functions (which can be carried analytically) does not work. It leads to the computation of the difference of large, nearly equal numbers, which cannot be done accurately. Our method rather relies on an appropriate series development of the Jacobian of the Abel transform. We show that the computation can be done reliably up to near machine precision, and that accuracy control can be enforced for tailored applications. Possible applications are considered, that include the study of comas and of the upper atmosphere of Mars and the Earth [less ▲]

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See detailThe discovery of WASP-134b, WASP-134c, WASP-137b, WASP-143b and WASP-146b: three hot Jupiters and a pair of warm Jupiters orbiting Solar-type stars
Anderson, D. R.; Bouchy, F.; Brown, D. J. A. et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

We report the discovery by WASP of five planets orbiting moderately bright ($V$ = 11.0-12.9) Solar-type stars. WASP-137b, WASP-143b and WASP-146b are typical hot Jupiters in orbits of 3-4 d and with ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery by WASP of five planets orbiting moderately bright ($V$ = 11.0-12.9) Solar-type stars. WASP-137b, WASP-143b and WASP-146b are typical hot Jupiters in orbits of 3-4 d and with masses in the range 0.68--1.11 $M_{\rm Jup}$. WASP-134 is a metal-rich ([Fe/H] = +0.40 $\pm$ 0.07]) G4 star orbited by two warm Jupiters: WASP-134b ($M_{\rm pl}$ = 1.41 $M_{\rm Jup}$; $P = 10.1$ d; $e = 0.15 \pm 0.01$; $T_{\rm eql}$ = 950 K) and WASP-134c ($M_{\rm pl} \sin i$ = 0.70 $M_{\rm Jup}$; $P = 70.0$ d; $e = 0.17 \pm 0.09$; $T_{\rm eql}$ = 500 K). From observations of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect of WASP-134b, we find its orbit to be misaligned with the spin of its star ($\lambda = -44 \pm 10^\circ$). WASP-134 is a rare example of a system with a short-period giant planet and a nearby giant companion. In-situ formation or disc migration seem more likely explanations for such systems than does high-eccentricity migration. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring of the activity and composition of comets 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova
Moulane, Y.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; Opitom, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2018), 619

We report on photometry and imaging of the Jupiter Family Comets 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova with the TRAPPIST-North telescope. We observed 41P on 34 nights from February ... [more ▼]

We report on photometry and imaging of the Jupiter Family Comets 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak and 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova with the TRAPPIST-North telescope. We observed 41P on 34 nights from February 16, 2017 to July 27, 2017 pre- and post-perihelion (r$_h$=1.04 au), while we collected data for comet 45P from February 10 to March 30 after perihelion (r$_h$=0.53 au). We computed the production rates of the daughter species OH, NH, CN, C$_3$ and C$_2$ and we measured the dust proxy, Af$\rho$, for both comets. The peak of water production rate of 41P was (3.46$\pm$0.20)$\times$10$^{27}$ molecules/s on April 3, 2017 when the comet was at 1.05 au from the Sun. We have shown that the activity of 41P is decreasing by about 30% to 40% from one apparition to the next. We measured a mean water production rate for 45P of (1.43$\pm$0.62)$\times$10$^{27}$ molecules/s during a month after perihelion. Our results show that these Jupiter Family Comets had low gas and dust activity and no outburst was detected. Relative abundances, expressed as ratios of production rates and Af$\rho$ parameter with respect to OH and to CN, were compared to those measured in other comets. We found that 41P and 45P have a typical composition in term of carbon bearing species. The study of coma features exhibited by the CN gas species allowed the measurement of the rotation period of 41P, showing a surprisingly large increase of the rotation period from (30$\pm$5) hrs at the end of March to (50$\pm$10) hrs at the end of April, 2017 in agreement with recent observations by other teams. [less ▲]

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See detailActivity induced variation in spin-orbit angles as derived from Rossiter-McLaughlin measurements
Oshagh, M.; Triaud, A. H. M. J.; Burdanov, Artem ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2018), 619(150),

One of the most powerful methods used to estimate sky-projected spin-orbit angles of exoplanetary systems is through a spectroscopic transit observation known as the Rossiter-McLaughlin (RM) effect. So ... [more ▼]

One of the most powerful methods used to estimate sky-projected spin-orbit angles of exoplanetary systems is through a spectroscopic transit observation known as the Rossiter-McLaughlin (RM) effect. So far mostly single RM observations have been used to estimate the spin-orbit angle, and thus there have been no studies regarding the variation of estimated spin-orbit angle from transit to transit. Stellar activity can alter the shape of photometric transit light curves and in a similar way they can deform the RM signal. In this paper we discuss several RM observations, obtained using the HARPS spectrograph, of known transiting planets that all transit extremely active stars, and by analyzing them individually we assess the variation in the estimated spin-orbit angle. Our results reveal that the estimated spin-orbit angle can vary significantly (up to 42 degrees) from transit to transit, due to variation in the configuration of stellar active regions over different nights. This finding is almost two times larger than the expected variation predicted from simulations. We could not identify any meaningful correlation between the variation of estimated spin-orbit angles and the stellar magnetic activity indicators. We also investigated two possible approaches to mitigate the stellar activity influence on RM observations. The first strategy was based on obtaining several RM observations and folding them to reduce the stellar activity noise. Our results demonstrated that this is a feasible and robust way to overcome this issue. The second approach is based on acquiring simultaneous high-precision short-cadence photometric transit light curves using TRAPPIST/SPECULOOS telescopes, which provide more information about the stellar active region's properties and allow a better RM modeling. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 0.8-4.5$\mu$m broadband transmission spectra of TRAPPIST-1 planets
Ducrot, Elsa ULiege; Sestovic, M.; Morris, B. M. et al

in Astronomical Journal (2018), 156

The TRAPPIST-1 planetary system represents an exceptional opportunity for the atmospheric characterization of temperate terrestrial exoplanets with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST ... [more ▼]

The TRAPPIST-1 planetary system represents an exceptional opportunity for the atmospheric characterization of temperate terrestrial exoplanets with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Assessing the potential impact of stellar contamination on the planets' transit transmission spectra is an essential precursor step to this characterization. Planetary transits themselves can be used to scan the stellar photosphere and to constrain its heterogeneity through transit depth variations in time and wavelength. In this context, we present our analysis of 169 transits observed in the optical from space with K2 and from the ground with the SPECULOOS and Liverpool telescopes. Combining our measured transit depths with literature results gathered in the mid/near-IR with Spitzer/IRAC and HST/WFC3, we construct the broadband transmission spectra of the TRAPPIST-1 planets over the 0.8-4.5 $\mu$m spectral range. While planets b, d, and f spectra show some structures at the 200-300ppm level, the four others are globally flat. Even if we cannot discard their instrumental origins, two scenarios seem to be favored by the data: a stellar photosphere dominated by a few high-latitude giant (cold) spots, or, alternatively, by a few small and hot (3500-4000K) faculae. In both cases, the stellar contamination of the transit transmission spectra is expected to be less dramatic than predicted in recent papers. Nevertheless, based on our results, stellar contamination can still be of comparable or greater order than planetary atmospheric signals at certain wavelengths. Understanding and correcting the effects of stellar heterogeneity therefore appears essential to prepare the exploration of TRAPPIST-1's with JWST. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of WASP-174b: Doppler tomography of a near-grazing transit
Temple, L. Y.; Hellier, C.; Almleaky, Y. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018), 480

We report the discovery and tomographic detection of WASP-174b, a planet with a near-grazing transit on a 4.23-d orbit around a V= 11.9, F6V star with [Fe/H] = 0.09 ± 0.09. The planet is in a moderately ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery and tomographic detection of WASP-174b, a planet with a near-grazing transit on a 4.23-d orbit around a V= 11.9, F6V star with [Fe/H] = 0.09 ± 0.09. The planet is in a moderately misaligned orbit with a sky-projected spin-orbit angle of λ = 31° ± 1°. This is in agreement with the known tendency for orbits around hotter stars to be misaligned. Owing to the grazing transit, the planet's radius is uncertain with a possible range of 0.8-1.8 R[SUB]Jup[/SUB]. The planet's mass has an upper limit of 1.3 M[SUB]Jup[/SUB]. WASP-174 is the faintest hot-Jupiter system so far confirmed by tomographic means. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-166b: a bloated super-Neptune transiting a V = 9 star
Hellier, Coel; Anderson, D. R.; Triaud, A. H. M. J. et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

We report the discovery of WASP-166b, a super-Neptune planet with a mass of 0.1 Mjup and a bloated radius of 0.63 Rjup. It transits a V = 9.36, F9V star in a 5.44-d orbit that is aligned with the stellar ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of WASP-166b, a super-Neptune planet with a mass of 0.1 Mjup and a bloated radius of 0.63 Rjup. It transits a V = 9.36, F9V star in a 5.44-d orbit that is aligned with the stellar rotation (lambda = -3 +/- 5 degrees). WASP-166b appears to be a rare object within the `Neptune desert'. The planet's low surface gravity and bright host star make it a promising target for atmospheric characterisation. There are variations in the radial-velocity measurements that might result from stellar magnetic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-190b: Tomographic discovery of a transiting hot Jupiter
Temple, L. Y.; Hellier, C.; Anderson, D. R. et al

E-print/Working paper (2018)

We report the discovery of WASP-190b, an exoplanet on a 5.37-day orbit around an inflated F6 IV-V star with T_eff = 6400 $\pm$ 100 K, M$_{*}$ = 1.35 $\pm$ 0.05 M_sun and R$_{*}$ = 1.6 $\pm$ 0.1 R_sun. The ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of WASP-190b, an exoplanet on a 5.37-day orbit around an inflated F6 IV-V star with T_eff = 6400 $\pm$ 100 K, M$_{*}$ = 1.35 $\pm$ 0.05 M_sun and R$_{*}$ = 1.6 $\pm$ 0.1 R_sun. The planet has a radius of R_p = 1.15 $\pm$ 0.09 R_Jup and a mass of M_p = 1.0 $\pm$ 0.1 M_Jup, making it a mildly inflated hot Jupiter. The orbit is also marginally misaligned with respect to the stellar rotation, with $\lambda$ = 21 $\pm$ 6$^{\circ}$ measured using Doppler tomography. We compare a Rossiter-McLaughlin analysis (involving radial velocity measurements) with the Doppler tomography method, and find that the latter provides a better constraint on $vsini_{*}$ and $\lambda$. [less ▲]

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See detail(16) Psyche: A mesosiderite-like asteroid?
Viikinkoski, M.; Vernazza, P.; Hanuš, J. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2018), 619

Context. Asteroid (16) Psyche is the target of the NASA Psyche mission. It is considered one of the few main-belt bodies that could be an exposed proto-planetary metallic core and that would thus be ... [more ▼]

Context. Asteroid (16) Psyche is the target of the NASA Psyche mission. It is considered one of the few main-belt bodies that could be an exposed proto-planetary metallic core and that would thus be related to iron meteorites. Such an association is however challenged by both its near- and mid-infrared spectral properties and the reported estimates of its density. <BR /> Aims: Here, we aim to refine the density of (16) Psyche to set further constraints on its bulk composition and determine its potential meteoritic analog. <BR /> Methods: We observed (16) Psyche with ESO VLT/SPHERE/ZIMPOL as part of our large program (ID 199.C-0074). We used the high angular resolution of these observations to refine Psyche's three-dimensional (3D) shape model and subsequently its density when combined with the most recent mass estimates. In addition, we searched for potential companions around the asteroid. <BR /> Results: We derived a bulk density of 3.99 ± 0.26 g cm[SUP]-3[/SUP] for Psyche. While such density is incompatible at the 3-sigma level with any iron meteorites (˜7.8 g cm[SUP]-3[/SUP]), it appears fully consistent with that of stony-iron meteorites such as mesosiderites (density ˜4.25 g cm[SUP]-3[/SUP]). In addition, we found no satellite in our images and set an upper limit on the diameter of any non-detected satellite of 1460 ± 200 m at 150 km from Psyche (0.2% × R[SUB]Hill[/SUB], the Hill radius) and 800 ± 200 m at 2000 km (3% × R[SUB]Hill[/SUB]). <BR /> Conclusions: Considering that the visible and near-infrared spectral properties of mesosiderites are similar to those of Psyche, there is merit to a long-published initial hypothesis that Psyche could be a plausible candidate parent body for mesosiderites. Based on observations made with 1) ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under programs 086.C-0785 (PI Carry) and 199.C-0074 (PI Vernazza); and 2) the W. M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation.Tables A1 and A2 and reduced images are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr</A> (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via <A href="http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/619/L3">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/619/L3</A> [less ▲]

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See detailComet 66P/du Toit: A Near Earth Main Belt Comet?
Yang, Bin; Opitom, Cyrielle; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2018, October 01), 50

We obtained medium-resolution and high-resolution spectra of the near-Earth Jupiter family comet (JFC) 66P/du Toit from 300 to 2500 nm with X-shooter/VLT and UVES/VLT on 2018 July 01, 07 and 13 ... [more ▼]

We obtained medium-resolution and high-resolution spectra of the near-Earth Jupiter family comet (JFC) 66P/du Toit from 300 to 2500 nm with X-shooter/VLT and UVES/VLT on 2018 July 01, 07 and 13, respectively. In addition, we obtained a series of narrow-band images of 66P between 2018 May and July with TRAPPIST-South. Comet 66P is one of the weakly active JFCs that were identified by Fernandez & Sosa (2015) as having the highest probability of coming from the Main Belt. Our main goal is to investigate the composition of this comet via measuring the gaseous species in the UV and visible and to study its dust properties via measuring the continuum over a broad wavelength range. Additionally, we aim to measure the ortho-to-para abundance ratio of NH2 to constrain the formation conditions of this comet. I will present our spectroscopic observations as well as the photometric observations of 66P. I will discuss whether this comet shows any clear difference in terms of its volatile profile or its dust profile compared to other typical JFCs. [less ▲]

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See detailA high resolution spetrum of comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS) with the ESO VLT
Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; Opitom, Cyrielle; Hutsemekers, Damien ULiege et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2018, October 01), 50

The returning long period comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS) was discovered on September 7, 2016 at 6.3 au from the Sun. While it was already showing a 20" coma at this large distance (Weryk and Wainscoat 2016 ... [more ▼]

The returning long period comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS) was discovered on September 7, 2016 at 6.3 au from the Sun. While it was already showing a 20" coma at this large distance (Weryk and Wainscoat 2016), it is only in December 2017 that it was found that this comet had a very unusual composition. From radio observations the comet appeared to be very rich in CO and very poor in HCN (Wierzchos and Womack 2018) and its optical spectrum was dominated by CO[SUP]+[/SUP] and more surprisingly N[SUB]2[/SUB][SUP]+[/SUP] emission bands (Cochran and McKay 2018), while most of the emission bands usually detected in the optical spectrum of comets were not detected. In order to investigate in detail its coma in the optical, we obtained a total of 6 hours of Director Discretionary Time on C/2016 R2 with UVES, the high resolution optical spectrograph of the ESO Very Large Telescope, between February 11 and 16, 2018. We used two different settings to optimally cover the whole optical spectrum (326-1060 nm) with a resolving power of 80.000. We report on those observations. We detect strong emissions of the ions CO[SUP]+[/SUP] and N[SUB]2[/SUB][SUP]+[/SUP], and also several CO[SUB]2[/SUB][SUP]+ [/SUP]bands, but no H[SUB]2[/SUB]O[SUP]+[/SUP] . We detect emission lines of the radicals CN, C[SUB]2[/SUB] and C[SUB]3[/SUB] but they are very weak. We computed from these spectra the N[SUB]2[/SUB][SUP]+[/SUP] / CO[SUP]+[/SUP] / CO[SUB]2[/SUB][SUP]+[/SUP] ratios in the coma of the comet which put some constraints on the comet formation models, and compared those values to other comets. The forbidden oxygen [OI] lines are detected, allowing to measure the ratio between the green line and the red doublet which provides a way to determine the abundance of CO and CO[SUB]2[/SUB] relative to H[SUB]2[/SUB]O. For the first time we report the detection of the nitrogen [NI] forbidden doublet at 5197.9 and 5200.2 Å in the coma of a comet, confirming the high abundance of nitrogen in this comet. Interestingly we also detect a line at 9850 Å which could be one of the carbon [CI] forbidden lines but we do not detect the other line of the doublet at 9823 Å. Because of the strong N[SUB]2[/SUB][SUP]+[/SUP] emissions, it was also a unique opportunity to measure the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N isotopic ratio directly in N[SUB]2[/SUB], the main nitrogen reservoir in the solar nebula. [less ▲]

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See detailWASP-147b, 160Bb, 164b and 165b: two hot Saturns and two Jupiters, including two planets with metal-rich hosts
Lendl, M.; Anderson, D. R.; Bonfanti, Andrea ULiege et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018)

We report the discovery of four transiting hot Jupiters, WASP-147, WASP-160B, WASP-164 and WASP-165 from the WASP survey. WASP-147b is a near Saturn-mass (M[SUB]P[/SUB] = 0.28M[SUB]J[/SUB]) object with a ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of four transiting hot Jupiters, WASP-147, WASP-160B, WASP-164 and WASP-165 from the WASP survey. WASP-147b is a near Saturn-mass (M[SUB]P[/SUB] = 0.28M[SUB]J[/SUB]) object with a radius of 1.11 R[SUB]J[/SUB] orbiting a G4 star with a period of 4.6 d. WASP-160Bb has a mass and radius (M[SUB]p[/SUB] = 0.28 M[SUB]J[/SUB], R[SUB]p[/SUB] = 1.09 R[SUB]J[/SUB]) near-identical to WASP-147b, but is less irradiated, orbiting a metal-rich ([Fe/H][SUB]*[/SUB] = 0.27) K0 star with a period of 3.8 d. WASP-160B is part of a near equal-mass visual binary with an on-sky separation of 28.5 arcsec. WASP-164b is a more massive (M[SUB]P[/SUB] = 2.13 M[SUB]J[/SUB], R[SUB]p[/SUB] = 1.13 R[SUB]J[/SUB]) hot Jupiter, orbiting a G2 star on a close-in (P = 1.8 d), but tidally stable orbit. WASP-165b is a classical (M[SUB]p[/SUB] = 0.66 M[SUB]J[/SUB], R[SUB]P[/SUB] = 1.26 R[SUB]J[/SUB]) hot Jupiter in a 3.5 d period orbit around a metal-rich ([Fe/H][SUB]*[/SUB] = 0.33) star. WASP-147b and WASP-160Bb are promising targets for atmospheric characterization through transmission spectroscopy, while WASP-164b presents a good target for emission spectroscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Castalia mission to Main Belt Comet 133P/Elst-Pizarro
Snodgrass, C.; Jones, G. H.; Boehnhardt, H. et al

in Advances in Space Research (2018), 62

We describe Castalia, a proposed mission to rendezvous with a Main Belt Comet (MBC), 133P/Elst-Pizarro. MBCs are a recently discovered population of apparently icy bodies within the main asteroid belt ... [more ▼]

We describe Castalia, a proposed mission to rendezvous with a Main Belt Comet (MBC), 133P/Elst-Pizarro. MBCs are a recently discovered population of apparently icy bodies within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, which may represent the remnants of the population which supplied the early Earth with water. Castalia will perform the first exploration of this population by characterising 133P in detail, solving the puzzle of the MBC's activity, and making the first in situ measurements of water in the asteroid belt. In many ways a successor to ESA's highly successful Rosetta mission, Castalia will allow direct comparison between very different classes of comet, including measuring critical isotope ratios, plasma and dust properties. It will also feature the first radar system to visit a minor body, mapping the ice in the interior. Castalia was proposed, in slightly different versions, to the ESA M4 and M5 calls within the Cosmic Vision programme. We describe the science motivation for the mission, the measurements required to achieve the scientific goals, and the proposed instrument payload and spacecraft to achieve these. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh resolution spectroscopy of the unusual comet C/2016 R2 (PanSTARRS)
Opitom, Cyrielle; Hutsemekers, Damien ULiege; Rousselot, Philippe et al

in EPSC Abstracts (2018, September 01), 12

We report on high spectral resolution observations of the peculiar comet C/2016 R2 (Pan-STARRS). This comet was found to have a highly unusual composition, with a very high abundance of CO, and is only ... [more ▼]

We report on high spectral resolution observations of the peculiar comet C/2016 R2 (Pan-STARRS). This comet was found to have a highly unusual composition, with a very high abundance of CO, and is only the third comet in which the N2+ ion is clearly detected. Our observations allowed us to measure the N2+/CO+/CO2+ ratios. Among other things, we also put an upper limit to the 14N/15N isotopic ratio, measured for the first time directly from N2+, and detected the [NI] lines for the first time in a comet. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the dust properties and dynamical evolution of the near- Earth Jupiter family comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
Pozuelos Romero, Francisco José ULiege; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; Moulane, Youssef et al

Poster (2018, September 01)

We present a study of the evolution of the dust environment of the near-Earth Jupiter family comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, based on observational data obtained using TRAPPIST telescopes from January ... [more ▼]

We present a study of the evolution of the dust environment of the near-Earth Jupiter family comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, based on observational data obtained using TRAPPIST telescopes from January to July, 2017. In addition, we performed numerical simulations to constrain its origin and dynamical nature. Along this work we compared our results with those obtained for 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. These results have been recently accepted for publication in Astronomy & Astrophysics. [less ▲]

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See detailTRAPPIST monitoring of the activity and composition of the small near-Earth Jupiter Family Comets : 41P and 252P
Moulane, Youssef; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; José Pozuelos, Francisco et al

Poster (2018, September 01)

We monitored 41P and 252P on both sides of perihelion with the TRAPPIST telescopes. The gas species production rates were computed as well as the Afrho parameter for both comets. Our results have shown ... [more ▼]

We monitored 41P and 252P on both sides of perihelion with the TRAPPIST telescopes. The gas species production rates were computed as well as the Afrho parameter for both comets. Our results have shown that the two JFCs have a typical composition according to the Q(C2)/Q(CN) and Q(C3)/Q(CN) ratios but have a low gas and dust activity compared to other JFCs. We found that the activity of 41P is decreasing by about 30% to 40% from one apparition to the next. We confirmed rotation period derived from coma features slowed down by 20 hours in 2 months. 252P has shown an increase in production rates and dust production after perihelion which is believed to be associated with thermal processing of the nucleus surface. [less ▲]

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