We report the discovery of four close-in transiting exoplanets (HATS-50b through HATS-53b), discovered using the HATSouth three-continent network of homogeneous and automated telescopes. These new exoplanets belong to the class of hot Jupiters and orbit G-type dwarf stars, with brightness in the range V = 12.5-14.0 mag. While HATS-53 has many physical characteristics similar to the Sun, the other three stars appear to be metal-rich ([Fe H] = 0.2-0.3), larger, and more massive. Three of the new exoplanets, namely HATS-50b, HATS-51b, and HATS-53b, have low density (HATS-50b: 0.39 ± 0.10 MJ, 1.130 ± 0.075 RJ; HATS-51b: 0.768 ± 0.045 MJ, 1.41 ± 0.19 RJ; HATS-53b: 0.595 ± 0.089 MJ, 1.340 ± 0.056 RJ) and similar orbital periods (3.8297 days, 3.3489 days, 3.8538 days, respectively). Instead, HATS-52b is more dense (mass 2.24 ± 0.15 MJ and radius 1.382 ± 0.086 RJ) and has a shorter orbital period (1.3667 days). It also receives an intensive radiation from its parent star and, consequently, presents a high equilibrium temperature (Teq = 1834 ± 73 K). HATS-50 shows a marginal additional transit feature consistent with an ultra-short-period hot super Neptune (upper mass limit 0.16 MJ), which will be able to be confirmed with TESS photometry.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science
- stars: individual (HATS-50, HATS-51, HATS-52, HATS-53)
- techniques: photometric