High cadence near infrared timing observations of extrasolar planets

C. Cáceres, V. D. Ivanov, D. Minniti, D. Naef, C. Melo, E. Mason, F. Selman, G. Pietrzynski

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Currently the only technique sensitive to Earth mass planets around nearby stars (that are too close for microlensing) is the monitoring of the transit time variations. We search for additional planets in the systems of the hot Neptune GJ 436b, and the hot-Jupiter XO-1b, using high cadence observations in the J and KS bands. New high-precision transit timing measurements are reported: GJ 436b TC = 2 454 238.47898 ± 0.00046 HJD; XO-1b TC(A) = 2 454 218.83331 ± 0.00114 HJD, TC(B) = 2 454 222.77539 ± 0.00036 HJD, TC(C) = 2 454 222.77597 ± 0.00039 HJD, TC(D) = 2 454 226.71769 ± 0.00034 HJD, and they were used to derive new ephemeris values. We also determined depths for these transits. No statistically significant timing deviations were detected. We demonstrate that the high cadence, ground based near-infrared observations are successful in constraining the mean transit time to ̃ 30 s, and are a viable alternative to space missions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-486
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2009


  • Methods: observational
  • Stars: individual: GJ 436
  • Stars: individual: XO-1b
  • Stars: planetary systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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