HAT-P-68b: A Transiting Hot Jupiter around a K5 Dwarf Star

February 2021 • 2021AJ....161...64L

Authors • Lindor, Bethlee M. • Hartman, Joel D. • Bakos, Gáspár Á. • Bhatti, Waqas • Csubry, Zoltan • Penev, Kaloyan • Bieryla, Allyson • Latham, David W. • Torres, Guillermo • Buchhave, Lars A. • de Val-Borro, Miguel • Howard, Andrew W. • Isaacson, Howard • Fulton, Benjamin J. • Boisse, Isabelle • Santerne, Alexandre • Hébrard, Guillaume • Kovács, Támás • Huang, Chelsea X. • Dembicky, Jack • Falco, Emilio • Everett, Mark E. • Horch, Elliott P. • Lázár, József • Papp, István • Sári, Pál

Abstract • We report the discovery by the ground-based Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network (HATNet) survey of the transiting exoplanet HAT-P-68b, which has a mass of 0.724 ± 0.043 MJ, and radius of 1.072 ± 0.012 RJ. The planet is in a circular P = 2.2984 day orbit around a moderately bright V = 13.937 ± 0.030 magnitude K-dwarf star of mass ${0.673}_{-0.014}^{+0.020}$ M, and radius 0.6726 ± 0.0069 R. The planetary nature of this system is confirmed through follow-up transit photometry obtained with the Fred L. Whipple Observatory (FLWO) 1.2 m telescope, high-precision radial velocities measured using Keck I/High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES), FLWO 1.5 m/Tillinghast Reflector Echelle Spectrograph (TRES), and Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP) 1.9 m/Sophie, and high-spatial-resolution speckle imaging from WIYN 3.5 m/DSSI. HAT-P-68 is at an ecliptic latitude of +3° and outside the field of view of both the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite primary mission and the K2 mission. The large transit depth of 0.036 mag (r band) makes HAT-P-68b a promising target for atmospheric characterization via transmission spectroscopy. * Based on observations obtained with the Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network. Based in part on observations made with the Keck I telescope at Maunakea Observatory, Hawaii (Keck time awarded through NASA programs N133Hr and N169Hr). Based in part on observations obtained with the Tillinghast Reflector 1.5 m telescope and the 1.2 m telescope, both operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona. Based on radial velocities obtained with the Sophie spectrograph mounted on the 1.93 m telescope at Observatoire de Haute-Provence.


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