A spitzer spectrum of the exoplanet HD 189733b

C. J. Grillmair, D. Charbonneau, A. Burrows, L. Armus, J. Stauffer, V. Meadows, J. Van Cleve, D. Levine

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We report on the measurement of the 7.5-14.7 μm spectrum for the transiting extrasolar giant planet HD 189733b using the Infrared Spectrograph on the Spitzer Space Telescope. Although the observations comprise only 12 hr of telescope time, the continuum is well measured and has a flux ranging from 0.6 to 1.8 mJy over the wavelength range, or 0.49% ± 0.02% of the flux of the parent star. The variation in the measured fractional flux is very nearly flat over the entire wavelength range and shows no indication of significant absorption by water or methane, in contrast with the predictions of most atmospheric models. Models with strong day/night differences appear to be disfavored by the data, suggesting that heat redistribution to the night side of the planet is higz hly efficient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L115-L118
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 II
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


  • Binaries: eclipsing
  • Planetary systems
  • Stars: individual (HD 189733)


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