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Exoplanet WASP-3b in Lyra

Started by ayiomamitis, 06/14/2008 05:27AM
Posted 06/14/2008 05:27AM | Edited 06/14/2008 05:32AM Opening Post
Dear group,

One of the latest exoplanet announcements involves WASP-3b in Lyra and which requires 160 minutes to transit its parent star and at a depth of 11.4 mmag. Given its proximity to its parent star and relatively high mass (1.76x that of Jupiter), WASP-3b is one of the largest and hottest Jupiter-like finds so far.

The ten-day old moon was a problem during the four-hr session last night and thankfully my Baader Infrared Pass filter did a wonderful job in helping improve contrast while minimizing the mitigating effects of the lunar light (pollution).

The results from last night's session are available at http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Photometry-WASP-3-20080613.htm .

All systems are go for Sunday evening and a visit to another foreign world but this time in Ursa Major.

Clear skies!

Anthony.