A much lower density for the transiting extrasolar planet WASP-7: (Research Note)

J. Southworth, M. Dominik, U. G. Jørgensen, S. Rahvar, C. Snodgrass, Khalid Al-Subai, V. Bozza, P. Browne, M. Burgdorf, S. Calchi Novati, P. Dodds, S. Dreizler, F. Finet, T. Gerner, S. Hardis, K. Harpsøe, C. Hellier, T. C. Hinse, M. Hundertmark, N. KainsE. Kerins, C. Liebig, L. Mancini, M. Mathiasen, M. T. Penny, S. Proft, D. Ricci, K. Sahu, G. Scarpetta, S. Schäfer, F. Schönebeck, J. Surdej

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We present the first high-precision photometry of the transiting extrasolar planetary system WASP-7, obtained using telescope defocussing techniques and reaching a scatter of 0.68 mmag per point. We find that the transit depth is greater and that the host star is more evolved than previously thought. The planet has a significantly larger radius (1.330 ± 0.093 RJup versus 0.915+0.046 -0.040 RJup) and much lower density (0.41 ± 0.10 pJup versus 1.26+0.25 -0.21 pJup) and surface gravity (13.4 ± 2.6ms-2 versus 26.4+4.4 -4.0 ms-2) than previous measurements showed. Based on the revised properties it is no longer an outlier in planetary mass-radius and period-gravity diagrams. We also obtain a more precise transit ephemeris for the WASP-7 system.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA8
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011



  • planetary systems
  • planets and satellites: fundamental parameters
  • stars: individual: WASP-7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Southworth, J., Dominik, M., Jørgensen, U. G., Rahvar, S., Snodgrass, C., Al-Subai, K., Bozza, V., Browne, P., Burgdorf, M., Novati, S. C., Dodds, P., Dreizler, S., Finet, F., Gerner, T., Hardis, S., Harpsøe, K., Hellier, C., Hinse, T. C., Hundertmark, M., ... Surdej, J. (2011). A much lower density for the transiting extrasolar planet WASP-7: (Research Note). Astronomy and Astrophysics, 527(1), [A8]. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201016183