HAT-P-10b: A Light and Moderately Hot Jupiter Transiting A K Dwarf

The Astrophysical Journal (Impact Factor: 6.73). 04/2009; 696(2):1950. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/696/2/1950
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ABSTRACT We report on the discovery of HAT-P-10b, one of the lowest mass (0.487 ± 0.018 M J) transiting extrasolar planets (TEPs) discovered to date by transit searches. HAT-P-10b orbits the moderately bright V = 11.89 K dwarf GSC 02340-01714, with a period P = 3.7224747 ± 0.0000065 days, transit epoch Tc = 2454759.68683 ± 0.00016 (BJD), and duration 0.1090 ± 0.0008 days. HAT-P-10b has a radius of 1.005+0.032 –0.027 R J yielding a mean density of 0.594 ± 0.052 g cm–3. Comparing these observations with recent theoretical models we find that HAT-P-10b is consistent with a ~4.5 Gyr, almost pure hydrogen and helium gas giant planet with a 10 M ⊕ core. With an equilibrium temperature of T eq = 1020 ± 17 K, HAT-P-10b is one of the coldest TEPs. Curiously, its Safronov number θ = 0.053 ± 0.002 falls close to the dividing line between the two suggested TEP populations.

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