The atmosphere of a new ultra hot Jupiter is analyzed

phys.org | 1/10/2019 | Staff
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The combination of observations made with the CARMENES spectrograph on the 3.5m telescope at Calar Alto Observatory (Almería), and the HARPS-N spectrograph on the National Galileo Telescope (TNG) at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, La Palma) has enabled a team from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) to reveal new details about this extrasolar planet, which has a surface temperature of around 2000 K.

MASCARA-2B/KELT-20b is an ultra hot Jupiter. It belongs to a new group of exoplanets, the hottest known until now, which can reach temperatures at the surface of over 2,000 K. The reason for its high temperature is the proximity of its orbit around its host star, causing it to receive a large flux of radiation in the upper layers of its atmosphere.

Team - IAC - Researcher - Núria - Casasayas

The team, led by IAC researcher Núria Casasayas, which had already made initial measurements of the atmosphere during 2018, observed the planet during four transits. They...
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