Confirmation of a retrograde orbit for exoplanet WASP-17b

Daniel D R Bayliss, Joshua N Winn, Rosemary Anne Mardling, Penny D Sackett

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We present high-precision radial velocity observations of WASP-17 throughout the transit of its close-in giant planet, using theMIKE spectrograph on the 6.5 mMagellan Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory. By modeling the Rossitera??McLaughlin effect, we find the sky-projected spina??orbit angle to be I> = 167.4A?11.2 deg. This independently confirms the previous finding thatWASP-17b is on a retrograde orbit, suggesting it underwent migration via amechanism other than just the gravitational interaction between the planet and the disk. Interestingly, our result for I> differs by 45 A? 13 deg from the previously announced value, and we also find that the spectroscopic transit occurs 15 A? 5 minutes earlier than expected, based on the published ephemeris. The discrepancy in the ephemeris highlights the need for contemporaneous spectroscopic and photometric transit observations whenever possible.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L224 - L227
Number of pages4
JournalThe Astrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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