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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th August 2010, 7:37 am

tesh90 wrote:Also, wrt this being not disappointing, isn't this first case of TTVs?
That's right! Smile

Another thing, note that the equilibrium temperatures for b and c are 750 K and 540 K respectively. These aren't what you think of when the term 'hot Jupiter' gets thrown around.

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Post by Stalker on 27th August 2010, 9:16 am

deep blue clearified jovian?

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 27th August 2010, 9:55 am

I think so.

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Re: Kepler-9: TTVs with two Saturns and a hot Super Earth

Post by Sirius_Alpha on 29th August 2010, 2:04 pm

From the impact parameters for b and c, I calculate inclinations of ~88.63° and ~89.07°, respectively. So the two planets have a mutual inclination of > ~0.4°

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 9th September 2010, 12:20 pm

The EPE has updated its Kepler-9 parameters, and inclues what appears to be a 'best guess' to the mass of Kepler-9 d.
http://exoplanet.eu/star.php?st=Kepler-9#a_publi

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Post by Edasich on 9th September 2010, 4:09 pm

Though still unconfirmed. A 7 Me planet with 1.68 Earth radii would result a density of 8.65 g/cc. An Iron planet??

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Post by Lazarus on 9th September 2010, 5:03 pm

If you use the mass-radius relationships given in this paper (note that the entries in table 4 for Earth-like and Mercury-like compositions are interchanged), the predicted radius for a 7 Earth masses planet with a composition similar to Earth comes out as 1.67 Earth radii.

As for using this to infer the planet's makeup, sorry but no. There is no mass measurement, the estimate is based on what they put into the model. You learn something about the assumptions that were put in to derive the mass estimate, but you don't get any information about the planet.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 9th September 2010, 5:13 pm

Lazarus wrote:As for using this to infer the planet's makeup, sorry but no. There is no mass measurement, the estimate is based on what they put into the model. You learn something about the assumptions that were put in to derive the mass estimate, but you don't get any information about the planet.

I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying the quoted mass for Kepler-9 d is an estimate from its radius?

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Post by Lazarus on 9th September 2010, 5:20 pm

Sirius_Alpha wrote:I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying the quoted mass for Kepler-9 d is an estimate from its radius?
Yes, precisely. The system has not been extensively studied via radial velocity measurements, the referenced paper says there are only 6 observations. This is enough to get decent mass estimates for the resonant giant planets, for which TTVs provide additional constraints, but no way are you going to be able to get any handle on KOI-377.03 with that.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 9th September 2010, 5:36 pm

Okay, I understand now, thanks Smile
I was under the impression that the mass of KOI-377.03 was guessed at from TTVs.

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Post by Borislav on 10th September 2010, 2:33 pm

http://exoplanet.eu/star.php?st=Kepler-9#a_publi
This link shows the measurement error of the outer planets in +/- 3 Earth masses. And this is for a period of 20 and 40 days. Why, then, can not determine the mass of the planet with a period of only 1.5 days? In general, the shorter the period -> the higher ratio signal to noise.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 10th September 2010, 2:42 pm

There's only six RV measurements and transit timing variations to go along with that. As far as I know, there's no transit timing variations yet detected that come from d.

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Post by Borislav on 10th September 2010, 2:52 pm

And anybody know what error (meters per second) measurements of these six measurements of the radial velocity?

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Post by Lazarus on 10th September 2010, 6:15 pm

The 2:1 resonance between planets b and c means the system evolves rapidly, so the TTVs are detectable even within the short timespan of the Kepler measurements, so you can get estimates of the masses from modelling the 3-body problem (star+2 planets). The third planet (if it exists) is not resonant, the evolution of its orbit is slower. This means you have to get RVs to measure the planet's orbit, and since there are five RV parameters per planet, plus the RV offset for the system, and you have to fit the two giant planets as well, six RV measurements are clearly inadequate.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 29th September 2010, 2:45 pm

Latest update.

Science team members are preparing to announce the mission’s latest discovery in early November. Additionally, the science team is expected to validate the Kepler 9d planet in the near future.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 8th October 2010, 5:45 pm

From Twitter.
"Lissauer (and previous speakers): Third planet, Kepler 9d, confirmed in system with transit timing variations. Asterisk removed."

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Post by Lazarus on 8th October 2010, 6:59 pm

Nice. Who needs to discover a double-transit system when you can discover a triple-transit system?

Links to the twitter feed? And is anyone aware of anyone blogging from this conference?

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 8th October 2010, 8:23 pm

I am not well versed with twitter... this is the means through which I've been getting info.

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23dps2010

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Post by Borislav on 9th October 2010, 1:11 am

Interestingly mass determined?

http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/news/2010/su201037.html

The quest for other earths is making good progress, however. Writing in the latest issue of the journal Science, a team of twelve CfA astronomers led by Matt Holman, together with a large group of colleagues, report using Kepler to discover an earth-sized extrasolar planet. They carefully analyzed the orbital motions of two Saturn-sized extrasolar planets in the system known as Kepler-9, and found that by meticulously accounting for their motions they could subtract their effects to hunt for even smaller dips, as small as 0.02% in stellar intensity. They report finding a planet whose size is only about 1.5 earth-radii, making it one of the smallest extrasolar planets known. This planet orbits the star (its "year") in only 1.5924 days, however, and so it is very close to its star, hot, and thoroughly unearth-like. Nevertheless it represents a major step forward in the search for small planets. Unlike other recent discoveries (like that of a planet in its habitable, "Goldilocks," zone but considerably larger than the Earth), this new planet is small enough to raise expectations and the excitement for soon discovering extrasolar earths.

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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 9th October 2010, 1:58 am

I don't see anything in that paragraph relating to the mass of the planet.

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Post by Edasich on 23rd November 2010, 4:44 am

Kepler-9 d listed between Confirmed planets (though without any precise mass estimate yet)

http://exoplanet.eu/star.php?st=Kepler-9

Preprint:

http://exoplanet.eu/papers/Kepler-9-d.pdf

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