We present photometry of two transits of the giant planet WASP-4b with a photometric precision of 400-800 parts per million and a time sampling of 25-40 s. The two midtransit times are determined to within 6 s. Together with previously published times, the data are consistent with a constant orbital period, giving no compelling evidence for period variations that would be produced by a satellite or additional planets. Analysis of the new photometry, in combination with stellar-evolutionary modeling, gives a planetary mass and radius of 1.237 ± 0.064 MJup and 1.365 ± 0.021 R Jup, respectively. The planet is 15% larger than expected based on previously published models of solar-composition giant planets. With data of the quality presented here, the detection of transits of a "super-Earth" of radius 1.75 R⊕ would have been possible.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Apr 2009|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science