Is Beta Pic b the transiting planet of November 1981

  title={Is Beta Pic b the transiting planet of November 1981},
  author={Alain Lecavelier des Etangs and Alfred Vidal-Madjar},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
In 1981, Beta Pictoris showed strong and rapid photometric variations that were attributed to the transit of a giant comet or a planet orbiting at several AUs (Lecavelier des Etangs et al. 1994, 1995, 1997; Lamers et al. 1997). Recently, a candidate planet has been identified by imagery in the circumstellar disk of Beta Pictoris (Lagrange et al. 2009). This planet, named Beta Pic b, is observed at a projected distance of 8AU from the central star. It is therefore a plausible candidate for the… Expand

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