TASTE: III. A homogeneous study of transit time variations in WASP-3b

V. Nascimbeni, A. Cunial, S. Murabito, P. V. Sada, A. Aparicio, G. Piotto, L. R. Bedin, A. P. Milone, A. Rosenberg, A. Zurlo, L. Borsato, M. Damasso, V. Granata, L. Malavolta

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The TASTE project is searching for low-mass planets with the transit timing variation (TTV) technique by gathering high-precision, short-cadence light curves for a selected sample of transiting exoplanets. It has been claimed that the "hot Jupiter" WASP-3b could be perturbed by a second planet. Presenting eleven new light curves (secured at the IAC80 and UDEM telescopes) and re-analyzing thirty-eight archival light curves in a homogeneous way, we show that new data do not confirm the previously claimed TTV signal. However, we bring evidence that measurements are not consistent with a constant orbital period, though no significant periodicity can be detected. Additional dynamical modeling and follow-up observations are planned to constrain the properties of the perturber or to put upper limits to it. We provide a refined ephemeris for WASP-3b and improved orbital/physical parameters. A contact eclipsing binary, serendipitously discovered among field stars, is reported here for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA30
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Nascimbeni, V., Cunial, A., Murabito, S., Sada, P. V., Aparicio, A., Piotto, G., Bedin, L. R., Milone, A. P., Rosenberg, A., Zurlo, A., Borsato, L., Damasso, M., Granata, V., & Malavolta, L. (2013). TASTE: III. A homogeneous study of transit time variations in WASP-3b. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 549, [A30]. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201219601s