A Well-aligned Orbit for the 45 Myr-old Transiting Neptune DS Tuc Ab

G. Zhou, J. N. Winn, E. R. Newton, S. N. Quinn, J. E. Rodriguez, A. W. Mann, A. C. Rizzuto, A. M. Vanderburg, C. X. Huang, D. W. Latham, J. K. Teske, S. Wang, S. A. Shectman, R. P. Butler, J. D. Crane, I. Thompson, T. J. Henry, L. A. Paredes, W. C. Jao, H. S. JamesR. Hinojosa

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DS Tuc Ab is a Neptune-sized planet that orbits around a G star in the 45 Myr old Tucana-Horologium moving group. Here, we report the measurement of the sky-projected angle between the stellar spin axis and the planet's orbital axis, based on the observation of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect during three separate planetary transits. The orbit appears to be well aligned with the equator of the host star, with a projected obliquity of. In addition to the distortions in the stellar absorption lines due to the transiting planet, we observed variations that we attribute to large starspots, with angular sizes of tens of degrees. The technique that we have developed for simultaneous modeling of starspots and the planet-induced distortions may be useful in other observations of planets around active stars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL21
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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