The orbit of beta Pictoris b as a transiting planet

  title={The orbit of beta Pictoris b as a transiting planet},
  author={A. Lecavelier des {\'E}tangs and Alfred Vidal-Madjar},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
In 1981, Beta Pictoris showed strong and rapid photometric variations possibly due to a transiting giant planet. Later, a planetary mass companion to the star, Beta Pic b, was identified using imagery. Observations at different epochs (2003 and 2009-2015) detected the planet at a projected distance of 6 to 9 AU from the star and showed that the planet is on an edge-on orbit. The observed motion is consistent with an inferior conjunction in 1981, and Beta Pic b can be the transiting planet… 

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