Transits across rapidly-rotating stars

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Transits across rapidly-rotating stars

Post by Lazarus on 10th September 2009, 4:25 pm

Thanks to gravity-darkening, you don't need to measure the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect to determine the angle between the equator of the star and the planetary orbit. Maybe Kepler will detect a few of these...

arXiv: Transit Lightcurves of Extrasolar Planets Orbiting Rapidly-Rotating Stars
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Post by Edasich on 11th September 2009, 3:28 am

It is funny they imagine a transiting planet around Altair.
However I think that star is hiding something.
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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 11th September 2009, 9:25 am

Speaking of a purely hypothetical planet around Altair, anyone remember this great image of the star showing the limb darkening? (IIRC, it was the first observational verification of the phenomenon)



I wonder what this image would look like with a planet in transit ...

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