TOI-824 b: A New Planet on the Lower Edge of the Hot Neptune Desert

Jennifer A. Burt, Louise D. Nielsen, Samuel N. Quinn, Eric E. Mamajek, Elisabeth C. Matthews, George Zhou, Julia V. Seidel, Chelsea X. Huang, Eric Lopez, Maritza Soto, Jon Otegi, Keivan G. Stassun, Laura Kreidberg, Karen A. Collins, Jason D. Eastman, Joseph E. Rodriguez, Andrew Vanderburg, Samuel P. Halverson, Johanna K. Teske, Sharon X. WangR. Paul Butler, Franèois Bouchy, Xavier Dumusque, Damien Segransen, Stephen A. Shectman, Jeffrey D. Crane, Fabo Feng, Benjamin T. Montet, Adina D. Feinstein, Yuri Beletski, Erin Flowers, Maximilian N. Günther, Tansu Daylan, Kevin I. Collins, Dennis M. Conti, Tianjun Gan, Eric L.N. Jensen, John F. Kielkopf, Thiam Guan Tan, Ravit Helled, Caroline Dorn, Jonas Haldemann, Jack J. Lissauer, George R. Ricker, Roland Vanderspek, David W. Latham, S. Seager, Joshua N. Winn, Jon M. Jenkins, Joseph D. Twicken, Jeffrey C. Smith, Peter Tenenbaum, Scott Cartwright, Thomas Barclay, Joshua Pepper, Gilbert Esquerdo, William Fong

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We report the detection of a transiting hot Neptune exoplanet orbiting TOI-824 (SCR J1448-5735), a nearby (d = 64 pc) K4V star, using data from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The newly discovered planet has a radius R p = 2.93 ± 0.20 R⊕ and an orbital period of 1.393 days. Radial velocity measurements using the Planet Finder Spectrograph and the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher spectrograph confirm the existence of the planet, and we estimate its mass to be 18.47 ± 1.84 M⊕. The planet's mean density is ρp = 4.03-0.78+0.98 g cm-3, making it more than twice as dense as Neptune. TOI-824 b's high equilibrium temperature makes the planet likely to have a cloud-free atmosphere, and thus it is an excellent candidate for follow-up atmospheric studies. The detectability of TOI-824 b's atmosphere from both ground and space is promising and could lead to the detailed characterization of the most irradiated small planet at the edge of the hot Neptune desert that has retained its atmosphere to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number153
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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