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Abstract: We have measured transit times for HD 189733b passing in front of its brightV = 7.67 chromospherically active and spotted parent star. Nearly continuousbroadband optical photometry of this system was obtained with the MOSTMicrovariability and Oscillations of STars space telescope during 21 days inAugust 2006, monitoring 10 consecutive transits. We have used these data tosearch for deviations from a constant orbital period which can indicate thepresence of additional planets in the system that are as yet undetected byDoppler searches. There are no transit timing variations above the level of${\pm}45$ s, ruling out super-Earths of masses $1 - 4 M {\earth}$ in the 1:2and 2:3 inner resonances and planets of 20 $M {\earth}$ in the 2:1 outerresonance of the known planet. We also discuss complications in measuringtransit times for a planet that transits an active star with large star spots,and how the transits can help constrain and test spot models. This hasimplications for the large number of such systems expected to be discovered bythe CoRoT and Kepler missions.



Autor: E. Miller-Ricci, J.F. Rowe, D. Sasselov, J.M. Matthews, R. Kuschnig, B. Croll, D.B. Guenther, A.F.J Moffat, S.M. Rucinski, G.A.H.

Fuente: https://arxiv.org/







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