A TESS Dress Rehearsal: Planetary Candidates and Variables from K2 Campaign 17

November 2018 • 2018ApJS..239....5C

Authors • Crossfield, Ian J. M. • Guerrero, Natalia • David, Trevor • Quinn, Samuel N. • Feinstein, Adina D. • Huang, Chelsea • Yu, Liang • Collins, Karen A. • Fulton, Benjamin J. • Benneke, Björn • Peterson, Merrin • Bieryla, Allyson • Schlieder, Joshua E. • Kosiarek, Molly R. • Bristow, Makennah • Newton, Elisabeth • Bedell, Megan • Latham, David W. • Christiansen, Jessie L. • Esquerdo, Gilbert A. • Berlind, Perry • Calkins, Michael L. • Shporer, Avi • Burt, Jennifer • Ballard, Sarah • Rodriguez, Joseph E. • Mehrle, Nicholas • Dressing, Courtney D. • Livingston, John H. • Petigura, Erik A. • Seager, Sara • Dittmann, Jason • Berardo, David • Sha, Lizhou • Essack, Zahra • Zhan, Zhuchang • Owens, Martin • Kain, Isabel • Isaacson, Howard • Ciardi, David R. • Gonzales, Erica J. • Howard, Andrew W. • Cardoso, José Vinícius de Miranda

Abstract • We produce light curves for all ∼34,000 targets observed with K2 in Campaign 17 (C17), identifying 34 planet candidates, 184 eclipsing binaries, and 222 other periodic variables. The forward-facing direction of the C17 field means follow-up can begin immediately now that the campaign has concluded and interesting targets have been identified. The C17 field has a large overlap with C6, so this latest campaign also offers an infrequent opportunity to study a large number of targets already observed in a previous K2 campaign. The timing of the C17 data release, shortly before science operations begin with the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), also lets us exercise some of the tools and methods developed for identification and dissemination of planet candidates from TESS. We find excellent agreement between these results and those identified using only K2-based tools. Among our planet candidates are several planet candidates with sizes <4 R and orbiting stars with Kp ≲ 10 (indicating good RV targets of the sort TESS hopes to find) and a Jupiter-sized single-transit event around a star already hosting a 6 day planet candidate.


IPAC Authors


Jessie Christiansen

Associate Scientist


David Ciardi

Senior Scientist


Benjamin Fulton

Assistant Scientist