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A nearby m star with three transiting super-earths discovered by k2

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  • Ian J M Crossfield
  • Erik Petigura
  • Joshua E. Schlieder
  • Andrew W. Howard
  • B. J. Fulton
  • Kimberly M. Aller
  • David R. Ciardi
  • Sébastien Lépine
  • Thomas Barclay
  • Imke De Pater
  • Katherine De Kleer
  • Elisa V. Quintana
  • Jessie L. Christiansen
  • Eddie Schlafly
  • Lisa Kaltenegger
  • Justin R. Crepp
  • Thomas Henning
  • Christian Obermeier
  • Niall Deacon
  • Lauren M. Weiss
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  • Howard T. Isaacson
  • Brad M S Hansen
  • Michael C. Liu
  • Tom Greene
  • Steve B. Howell
  • Travis Barman
  • Christoph Mordasini
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Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Number of pages8
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal
Volume804
Issue1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015

Abstract

Small, cool planets represent the typical end-products of planetary formation. Studying the architectures of these systems, measuring planet masses and radii, and observing these planets' atmospheres during transit directly informs theories of planet assembly, migration, and evolution. Here we report the discovery of three small planets orbiting a bright (Ks = 8.6 mag) M0 dwarf using data collected as part of K2, the new ecliptic survey using the re-purposed Kepler spacecraft. Stellar spectroscopy and K2 photometry indicate that the system hosts three transiting planets with radii 1.5-2.1 , straddling the transition region between rocky and increasingly volatile-dominated compositions. With orbital periods of 10-45 days the planets receive just 1.5-10x the flux incident on Earth, making these some of the coolest small planets known orbiting a nearby star; planet d is located near the inner edge of the system's habitable zone. The bright, low-mass star makes this system an excellent laboratory to determine the planets' masses via Doppler spectroscopy and to constrain their atmospheric compositions via transit spectroscopy. This discovery demonstrates the ability of K2 and future space-based transit searches to find many fascinating objects of interest.

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I. J. M. Crossfied, “A Nearby M Star with Three Transiting Super-Earths Discovered by K2”, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol 804(1), April 2015. © 2015. The American Astronomical Society.

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