Mass Loss from the Exoplanet WASP-12b Inferred from Spitzer Phase Curves

@article{Bell2019MassLF,
  title={Mass Loss from the Exoplanet WASP-12b Inferred from Spitzer Phase Curves},
  author={Taylor Bell and Michael Zhang and Patricio E. Cubillos and Lisa Dang and Lorenzo Fossati and Kamen O. Todorov and N B Cowan and Drake Deming and Robert Thomas Zellem and Kevin B. Stevenson and Ian J. M. Crossfield and Ian M. Dobbs-Dixon and Jonathan J. Fortney and Heather A. Knutson and Michael R. Line},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  year={2019},
  volume={489},
  pages={1995-2013}
}
  • Taylor Bell, Michael Zhang, +12 authors Michael R. Line
  • Published 2019
  • Physics
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • The exoplanet WASP-12b is the prototype for the emerging class of ultra-hot, Jupiter-mass exoplanets. Past models have predicted---and near ultra-violet observations have shown---that this planet is losing mass. We present an analysis of two sets of 3.6 μm and 4.5 μm Spitzer phase curve observations of the system which show clear evidence of infrared radiation from gas stripped from the planet, and the gas appears to be flowing directly toward or away from the host star. This accretion… CONTINUE READING

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