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See detailSpin-orbit measurements and refined parameters for the exoplanet systems WASP-22 and WASP-26
Anderson, D. R.; Collier Cameron, A.; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011), 534

We report on spectroscopic and photometric observations through transits of the exoplanets WASP-22b and WASP-26b, intended to determine the systems' spin-orbit angles. We combine these data with existing ... [more ▼]

We report on spectroscopic and photometric observations through transits of the exoplanets WASP-22b and WASP-26b, intended to determine the systems' spin-orbit angles. We combine these data with existing data to refine the system parameters. We measure a sky-projected spin-orbit angle of 22 ± 16° for WASP-22b, showing the planet's orbit to be prograde and, perhaps, slightly misaligned. We do not detect the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect of WASP-26b due to its low amplitude and observation noise. We place 3-σ upper limits on orbital eccentricity of 0.063 for WASP-22b and 0.050 for WASP-26b. After refining the drift in the systemic velocity of WASP-22 found by Maxted et al. (2010, AJ, 140, 2007), we find the third body in the system to have a minimum-mass of 5.3 ± 0.3 MJup (a3 / 5 AU)2, where a3 is the orbital distance of the third body. [less ▲]

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See detailEPOXI: Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Observations from a Worldwide Campaign
Meech, K. J.; A'Hearn, M. F.; Adams, J. A. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2011), 734(Letters), 11-9

Earth- and space-based observations provide synergistic information for space mission encounters by providing data over longer timescales, at different wavelengths and using techniques that are impossible ... [more ▼]

Earth- and space-based observations provide synergistic information for space mission encounters by providing data over longer timescales, at different wavelengths and using techniques that are impossible with an in situ flyby. We report here such observations in support of the EPOXI spacecraft flyby of comet 103P/Hartley 2. The nucleus is small and dark, and exhibited a very rapidly changing rotation period. Prior to the onset of activity, the period was ~16.4 hr. Starting in 2010 August the period changed from 16.6 hr to near 19 hr in December. With respect to dust composition, most volatiles and carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios, the comet is similar to other Jupiter-family comets. What is unusual is the dominance of CO[SUB]2[/SUB]-driven activity near perihelion, which likely persists out to aphelion. Near perihelion the comet nucleus was surrounded by a large halo of water-ice grains that contributed significantly to the total water production. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly-type stars observed in the ESO UVES Paranal Observatory Project - III. Sub-parsec and au-scale structure in the interstellar medium
Smoker, J. V.; Bagnulo, S.; Cabanac, R. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2011), 414

UVES interstellar observations from the Paranal Observatory Project are presented for early-type stars located in the line of sight to the nearby open clusters IC 2391 (Omni Vel) and NGC 6475 (M7), with ... [more ▼]

UVES interstellar observations from the Paranal Observatory Project are presented for early-type stars located in the line of sight to the nearby open clusters IC 2391 (Omni Vel) and NGC 6475 (M7), with spectroscopic resolution R˜ 80 000 and signal-to-noise ratios in the Ti II (3383 Å), Ca II K, CH[SUP]+[/SUP] (4232 Å), Na I D and K I (7698 Å) lines of several hundred. The sightlines are a mixture of cluster and non-cluster objects. A total of 22 early-type stars (A and B type) are present in our sample towards IC 2391, with 21 towards NGC 6475/M7, and enable us to probe for differences in column density on scales from ˜0.07 to 7.3 and ˜0.05 to 4.9 pc in the respective clusters. Additionally, towards Praesepe the Na I D interstellar variation only is probed towards 13 sightlines and transverse scales of ˜0.16-10.7 pc at R= 70 000. Towards IC 2391 variations are found in Ti II, Ca II K and Na I D column density in different sightlines of up to 0.7, 1.0 and 1.8 dex (excluding one star), respectively. This kind of variability correlates well with the Hipparcos parallax of the objects, and probes structure within the Local Bubble. For cluster-only objects the variations are 0.3, 0.3 and 0.5 dex, respectively. For the field of view towards NGC 6475 the corresponding maximum variations are somewhat smaller, being 0.5, 0.3, 0.8 and 1.0 dex for Ti II, Ca II K, Na I and K I, respectively, for all objects and 0.4, 0.2, 0.6 and 0.7 dex for the cluster-only objects. These are uncorrelated with parallax, and again demonstrate that Ca II K tends to be more smoothly distributed than Na I D. A few likely cluster sightlines show evidence for CH[SUP]+[/SUP] and variations in this molecular species of a factor of 10 in equivalent width over sub-pc scales. Towards Praesepe variation in interstellar Na I D is small, being a maximum of only ˜0.4 dex (including measurement errors), but with fewer sightlines studied. Overall, the scatter in the data is similar for the singly ionized species Ti II and Ca II, lending more support to the hypothesis that these two species sample similar parts of the interstellar medium (ISM). This also appears to be the case for the neutral species Na I D and K I in the one cluster studied. Finally, multiple-epoch observations from a variety of archive sources are used to search for astronomical unit (au) scale structure in the ISM towards 46 sightlines. There are tentative indications of structure on scales of tens to thousands of au for three sightlines. Future observations will confirm the veracity or otherwise of the time-variable components and others presented. Based on observations taken at UT2, Kueyen, Cerro Paranal, Chile, ESO DDT programme 265.D-5655(A), UVES Paranal Observatory Project and using FEROS on the ESO 2.2-m telescope, La Silla, Chile, programme ID 078.C-0493(A), the Observatoire de Haute Provence, France, the Pic du Midi telescope, France and the AAO archive. [less ▲]

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See detailStellar Occultation by Transneptunian Object (208996) 2003 AZ84
Braga-Ribas, F.; Sicardy, B.; Colas, F. et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (2011), 2675

CBET 2675 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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See detailOrtho-to-para Abundance Ratio (OPR) of Ammonia in 15 Comets: OPRs of Ammonia Versus 14N/15N Ratios in CN
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo; Kobayashi, Hitomi et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2011), 729

The ortho-to-para abundance ratio (OPR) of cometary molecules is considered to be one of the primordial characteristics of cometary ices. We present OPRs of ammonia (NH[SUB]3[/SUB]) in 15 comets based on ... [more ▼]

The ortho-to-para abundance ratio (OPR) of cometary molecules is considered to be one of the primordial characteristics of cometary ices. We present OPRs of ammonia (NH[SUB]3[/SUB]) in 15 comets based on optical high-dispersion spectroscopic observations of NH[SUB]2[/SUB], which is a photodissociation product of ammonia in the gaseous coma. The observations were mainly carried out with the VLT/UVES. The OPR of ammonia is estimated from the OPR of NH[SUB]2[/SUB] based on the observations of the NH[SUB]2[/SUB] (0, 9, 0) vibronic band. The absorption lines by the telluric atmosphere are corrected and the cometary C[SUB]2[/SUB] emission lines blended with NH[SUB]2[/SUB] lines are removed in our analysis. The ammonia OPRs show a cluster between 1.1 and 1.2 (this corresponds to a nuclear spin temperature of ~30 K) for all comets in our sample except for 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 (73P/SW3). Comet 73P/SW3 (both B- and C-fragments) shows the OPR of ammonia consistent with nuclear spin statistical weight ratio (1.0) that indicates a high-temperature limit as nuclear spin temperature. We compared the ammonia OPRs with other properties ([SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in CN, D/H ratios of water, and mixing ratios of volatiles). Comet 73P/SW3 is clearly different from the other comets in the plot of ammonia OPRs versus [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in CN. The ammonia OPRs of 1.0 and lower [SUP]15[/SUP]N-fractionation of CN in comet 73P/SW3 imply that icy materials in this comet formed under warmer conditions than other comets. Comets may be classified into two groups in the plot of ammonia OPRs against [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in CN. [less ▲]

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See detailTRAPPIST: a robotic telescope dedicated to the study of planetary systems
Gillon, Michaël ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in EPJ Web of Conferences (2011, February 01), 11

We present here a new robotic telescope called TRAPPIST<xref ref-type="fn" rid="FN2">1</xref> (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope). Equipped with a high-quality CCD camera mounted on a 0 ... [more ▼]

We present here a new robotic telescope called TRAPPIST<xref ref-type="fn" rid="FN2">1</xref> (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope). Equipped with a high-quality CCD camera mounted on a 0.6 meter light weight optical tube, TRAPPIST has been installed in April 2010 at the ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile), and is now beginning its scientific program. The science goal of TRAPPIST is the study of planetary systems through two approaches: the detection and study of exoplanets, and the study of comets. We describe here the objectives of the project, the hardware, and we present some of the first results obtained during the commissioning phase. [less ▲]

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Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (CBETs) (2011), 2632

E. Jehin, J. Manfroid, D. Hutsemekers, M. Gillon, and P. Magain, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Liege University, report on broad- and narrow-band imaging of the (596) Scheila outburst (CBET ... [more ▼]

E. Jehin, J. Manfroid, D. Hutsemekers, M. Gillon, and P. Magain, Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Liege University, report on broad- and narrow-band imaging of the (596) Scheila outburst (CBET 2583) with the TRAPPIST 0.60-m telescope at La Silla, and on optical spectroscopy with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) at Paranal. R-band imaging from 2010 Dec. 12.3 to 21.3 UT revealed two arc-like coma features expanding at a regular pace. The first such feature was 1' long on 2010 Dec. 12, oriented to the northeast and bending to p.a. 280 deg (the anti-solar direction). The second feature was shorter, 30" on Dec. 12, oriented to the south and bending to p.a. 230 deg. Both features were getting larger and fainter with time (4' and 2' long, respectively, on Dec. 21.3). A narrow 45"-long tail, opposite the sun (p.a. 280 deg), was also observed in good seeing. R-band images taken on 2011 Jan. 4.3 and 5.3 after the full moon allowed Jehin et al. to again observe these features, seen as 7' and 4' long, respectively -- and much fainter. This discards any sustained activity of the minor planet. Narrow-band images obtained on 2010 Dec. 12.3 with cometary filters do not show any contribution from gases. A 20-min optical spectrum was obtained with FORS2 at the VLT on Dec. 13.3; it does not show any extended cometary gaseous emissions, but only a spatially extended continuum due to dust-scattered sunlight. Short B, V, R, and I exposures performed nearly every two nights from 2010 Dec. 12.3 to 2011 Jan. 5.3 give a magnitude for the nuclear condensation of V = 14.2 +/- 0.1 over the whole period, in agreement with the "APmag" value reported in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory ephemeris. No flux variation of the nuclear condensation was observed. Those preliminary results are in favor of a collisional scenario to explain the outburst of (596) Scheila, rather than a cometary driven activity. This case might be similar to the outburst of comet P/2010 A2, which may have resulted from an impact of a minor planet (Snodgrass 2010, Nature 467, 814). [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the forbidden oxygen lines in a dozen comets observed at the VLT (ESO)
Decock, Alice ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

The forbidden lines are difficult to analyse because their detection requires high spectral and spatial resolutions. Their analysis is however interesting because it allows the determination of the ... [more ▼]

The forbidden lines are difficult to analyse because their detection requires high spectral and spatial resolutions. Their analysis is however interesting because it allows the determination of the spatial distribution and the production rate of the parent molecules, supposedly H2O which doesn't have any feature in the optical range. But as shown by Cochran [2] [3], some issues remain about the nature of the parents of the oxygen atoms. Moreover the width of the green line was found larger than that of the red lines. One of the goals of this study is to determine the parent species that photo-dissociate to produce oxygen atoms and see how this process depends on the heliocentric distance. We present here the results of the analysis of a homogeneous set of high quality spectra of 13 different comets observed with UVES at the ESO VLT since 2002 [4] [5]. [less ▲]

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See detailHerschel PACS and SPIRE Observations of comet 103P/Hartley 2
Bockelee-Morvan, D.; Swinyard, B.; Vandenbussche, B. et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

The ESA Herschel Space Observatory [8] used its full complement of state-of-the-art instruments to observe the far-infrared and submillimetre spectrum and to image the thermal dust radiation of the ... [more ▼]

The ESA Herschel Space Observatory [8] used its full complement of state-of-the-art instruments to observe the far-infrared and submillimetre spectrum and to image the thermal dust radiation of the Jupiter family comet 103P/Hartley 2 in the 70-672 μm spectral range. The observations were carried out in the period 24 October to 17 November 2010, as part of the Herschel Guaranteed Time Key program "Water and related chemistry in the Solar System" (HssO) [6]. We present here observations of H2O lines and of the dust coma made with the Photodetector Array and Camera (PACS) [9] and the Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) [5]. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of the rotational lines of OH in comets with the Herschel Space Observatory
Crovisier, J.; Bockelée-Morvan, D.; Biver, N. et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

We present here a search for the OH rotational lines in these spectral scans. In comet 103P/Hartley 2, the 2 3/2(5/2)-2 3/2(3/2) lines at 119 μm and 2 1/2(5/2)-2 1/2(3/2) lines at 99 μm are detected ... [more ▼]

We present here a search for the OH rotational lines in these spectral scans. In comet 103P/Hartley 2, the 2 3/2(5/2)-2 3/2(3/2) lines at 119 μm and 2 1/2(5/2)-2 1/2(3/2) lines at 99 μm are detected. Other lines may be marginally present. Two mechanisms concur to the emission of the OH rotational lines: fluorescence due to solar excitation of the electronic states of OH [8] and prompt emission following the photodissociation of water, which produces the OH radical in electronic, vibrational and rotational excited states [9, 10]. We will compare the observed line intensities with those expected from these mechanisms, using the comet water productions determined from Herschel [6, 7], in order to better constrain the excitation of cometary OH. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multi-wavelength study with the ESO VLT of comet 103P/Hartley2 at the time of the EPOXI encounter
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

We report on simultaneous optical and infrared spectroscopic observations of the Jupiter Family comet 103P/Hartley2 performed with the UT-1 and UT-2 8-m Unit Telescopes of the ESO Very Large Telescope ... [more ▼]

We report on simultaneous optical and infrared spectroscopic observations of the Jupiter Family comet 103P/Hartley2 performed with the UT-1 and UT-2 8-m Unit Telescopes of the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT). These coordinated observations were carried on during several nights (2010 Nov. 5, 9, 10 and 11 UT) around the NASA EPOXI encounter with the comet on Nov. 4 [1] and in support to the key program « Water and related chemistry in the Solar System » (HssO) [2] of the Herschel Space Observatory. From high resolution optical spectroscopy of the CN (0,0) 388 nm band using UVES at UT2 we determined the isotopic ratios 12C/13C = 95 ± 15 and 14N/15N = 155 ± 25 in the CN radical. From the NH2 (0,9,0) and the H2O+ bands around 600 nm, we derived a nuclear spin temperature of 33 ± 3 K for NH3 and 36 +7/-6 K for H2O. These values are similar to those found in Oort- Cloud and Jupiter Family comets. From lowresolution long-slit spectroscopy with FORS2 at UT1 we will determine the CN, C2 and C3 spatial profiles and their production rates. From the high-resolution near-IR spectra that we collected with CRIRES at UT1 we will measure simultaneously the production rates and mixing ratios of the parent molecules H2O, HCN, C2H6, and CH3OH that are well detected in our spectra and we will study the link to the daughter species. [less ▲]

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See detail12C2/12C13C isotopic ratio in comets C/2001 Q4(NEAT) and C/2002 T7 (LINEAR)
Rousselot, P.; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

The measurement of the carbon isotope abundances ratio in comets allows to constrain the conditions in the outer protosolar nebula. Different measurements of the 12C/13C ratio, using various molecules ... [more ▼]

The measurement of the carbon isotope abundances ratio in comets allows to constrain the conditions in the outer protosolar nebula. Different measurements of the 12C/13C ratio, using various molecules, have already been published for different solar system objects, such as the Sun, the Earth, the Moon, asteroids, planets or comets. So far all these measurements are consistent with 12C/13C' 90 but some significant differences have been seen. In comets this ratio is remarquably constant and equal to 91.0±3.6 [3] for studies based on CN radical but present larger variations with studies based on other radicals [1][5]. In this work we present a new analysis of this ratio, based on two different approachs for modeling the 12C2 and 12C13C emission spectrum and the (1,0) and (2,1) bandheads of 12C13C. Observational data obtained at high resolution (' 70, 000) using the 8.2-m Kueyen telescope (UT2) of the Very Large Telescope (VLT) with the Ultraviolet and Visual Echelle Spectrograph (UVES) instrument have been used to test our modeling and measure the 12C/13C ratio in two different comets: C/2001 Q4(NEAT) and C/2002 T7 (LINEAR). Our modeling and numerical results will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailLong term photometric monitoring of comet 103P/Hartley2 with the new robotic TRAPPIST telescope
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

We report on a long term monitoring of comet 103P/Hartley2 with six cometary narrow band filters using the TRAPPIST 0.60m telescope installed recently at the ESO La Silla observatory in Chile. This new ... [more ▼]

We report on a long term monitoring of comet 103P/Hartley2 with six cometary narrow band filters using the TRAPPIST 0.60m telescope installed recently at the ESO La Silla observatory in Chile. This new robotic telescope is dedicated to exoplanet and solar system research. The comet was observed with the cometary filters during 4 months, from Oct. 29 to Feb. 22. Since then the monitoring continues but only through the BVRI filters and about two times per week. Those observations allowed us to make a detailed light curve of the comet after its perihelion passage and derive production rates of the 4 main species (OH, CN, C2, C3) as well as the dust production rate (Afρ) over that period. The high sampling of our monitoring allowed us to find a periodicity in the gaseous light curves and to deduce a rotation period of 18.4h early November, slowing down to about 19h by the end of December. [less ▲]

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See detailComet 103P/Hartley
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg et al

in Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams (CBETs) (2010), 2589

CBET 2589 available at Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.

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See detailOccultation by (136199) Eris
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

in International Astronomical Union Circulars [=IAUCs] (2010), 9184

E. Jehin, J. Manfroid, M. Gillon, D. Hutsemekers, and P. Magain report that they observed an occultation of a star of magnitude I about 15.2 by the dwarf planet Eris (then at V about 18.7) on Nov. 6 using ... [more ▼]

E. Jehin, J. Manfroid, M. Gillon, D. Hutsemekers, and P. Magain report that they observed an occultation of a star of magnitude I about 15.2 by the dwarf planet Eris (then at V about 18.7) on Nov. 6 using the new telescope TRAPPIST at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla). A series of 3-s exposures of a field of size 3' x 3' (1".3/pixel) were secured in fast-readout mode (with a deadtime of 1.5 s), starting at 01h50m UT for one hour. Seven frames centered at 02h19m34s UT allowed them to derive the start of the occultation as 02h19m16s.75 +/- 0s.75 and the end as 02h19m47s.6 +/- 0s.2, for a total occultation time of 30.4 +/- 1.0 seconds. The predictions (see above) made by the Rio de Janeiro group (Assafin et al., Nov. 5) and by J. L. Ortiz estimated the time of the occultation around 02h18m UT for Chile, in good agreement with the observations. During the occultation, a point source is detected with a magnitude corresponding to that of Eris. A small flux increase was also seen at the middle of the occultation, which might result from refraction in Eris' atmosphere (Elliot and Olkin 1996, Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 24, 89). Eris is by far the most-remote solar-system object observed to date via stellar occultation, with a geocentric distance of about 96 AU. TRAPPIST is a project driven by the University of Liege, in close collaboration with the Observatory of Geneva, supported by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research and the Swiss National Science Foundation. [less ▲]

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See detailWater production in comet 81P/Wild 2 as determined by Herschel/HIFI
de Val-Borro, M.; Hartogh, P.; Crovisier, J. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 521(Letters), 501-5

The high spectral resolution and sensitivity of Herschel/HIFI allows for the detection of multiple rotational water lines and accurate determinations of water production rates in comets. In this Letter we ... [more ▼]

The high spectral resolution and sensitivity of Herschel/HIFI allows for the detection of multiple rotational water lines and accurate determinations of water production rates in comets. In this Letter we present HIFI observations of the fundamental 1[SUB]10[/SUB]-1[SUB]01[/SUB] (557 GHz) ortho and 1[SUB]11[/SUB]-[SUB]00[/SUB] (1113 GHz) para rotational transitions of water in comet 81P/Wild 2 acquired in February 2010. We mapped the extent of the water line emission with five point scans. Line profiles are computed using excitation models which include excitation by collisions with electrons and neutrals and solar infrared radiation. We derive a mean water production rate of 1.0 × 10[SUP]28[/SUP] molecules s[SUP]-1[/SUP] at a heliocentric distance of 1.61 AU about 20 days before perihelion, in agreement with production rates measured from the ground using observations of the 18-cm OH lines. Furthermore, we constrain the electron density profile and gas kinetic temperature, and estimate the coma expansion velocity by fitting the water line shapes. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.Figure 5 (page 5) is only available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailHerschel/HIFI observations of Mars: First detection of O2 at submillimetre wavelengths and upper limits on HCl and H2O2
Hartogh, P.; Jarchow, C.; Lellouch, E. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 521

We report on an initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI observations of hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen peroxide (H[SUB]2[/SUB]O[SUB]2[/SUB]), and molecular oxygen (O[SUB]2[/SUB]) in the Martian atmosphere ... [more ▼]

We report on an initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI observations of hydrogen chloride (HCl), hydrogen peroxide (H[SUB]2[/SUB]O[SUB]2[/SUB]), and molecular oxygen (O[SUB]2[/SUB]) in the Martian atmosphere performed on 13 and 16 April 2010 (L[SUB]s[/SUB] ~ 77°). We derived a constant volume mixing ratio of 1400 ± 120 ppm for O[SUB]2[/SUB] and determined upper limits of 200 ppt for HCl and 2 ppb for H[SUB]2[/SUB]O[SUB]2[/SUB]. Radiative transfer model calculations indicate that the vertical profile of O[SUB]2[/SUB] may not be constant. Photochemical models determine the lowest values of H[SUB]2[/SUB]O[SUB]2[/SUB] to be around L[SUB]s[/SUB] ~ 75° but overestimate the volume mixing ratio compared to our measurements. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst results on Martian carbon monoxide from Herschel/HIFI observations
Hartogh, P.; Błecka, M. I.; Jarchow, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2010), 521

We report on the initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI carbon monoxide (CO) observations of the Martian atmosphere performed between 11 and 16 April 2010. We selected the (7-6) rotational transitions of the ... [more ▼]

We report on the initial analysis of Herschel/HIFI carbon monoxide (CO) observations of the Martian atmosphere performed between 11 and 16 April 2010. We selected the (7-6) rotational transitions of the isotopes [SUP]13[/SUP]CO at 771 GHz and C[SUP]18[/SUP]O and 768 GHz in order to retrieve the mean vertical profile of temperature and the mean volume mixing ratio of carbon monoxide. The derived temperature profile agrees within less than 5 K with general circulation model (GCM) predictions up to an altitude of 45 km, however, show about 12-15 K lower values at 60 km. The CO mixing ratio was determined as 980 ± 150 ppm, in agreement with the 900 ppm derived from Herschel/SPIRE observations in November 2009. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 3/4 July 2010 Pluto Stellar-Occultation Observations
Pasachoff, Jay M; Elliot, J. L.; Souza, S. P. et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2010, October 01), 42

Continuing our monitoring of Pluto's atmospheric temperature and pressure, previously shown by us to be increasing (Elliot et al., Nature 424, 165, 2003; Pasachoff et al., AJ 129, 1718, 2005) and ... [more ▼]

Continuing our monitoring of Pluto's atmospheric temperature and pressure, previously shown by us to be increasing (Elliot et al., Nature 424, 165, 2003; Pasachoff et al., AJ 129, 1718, 2005) and subsequently found by us to be leveling off (Elliot et al., AJ 134, 1, 2007), we report on a stellar occultation by Pluto of UCAC2 mag=15.3, observed from South America and Africa on 4 July 2010 UT. Success was achieved with a 0.45 m at Cerro Calan using one of our POETS (Portable Occultation, Eclipse, and Transit System; Souza et al. PASP 118, 1550, 2006), a 1.0 SMARTS (Small and Medium Aperture Research Telescope System) at Cerro Tololo, four 0.6 m telescopes of PROMPT (Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes) on Cerro Tololo, and TRAPPIST's (TRansiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) 0.6-m telescope on La Silla in Chile; the 0.35 m telescope of U. Ponta Grossa, Brazil; and the 0.75-m ATOM (Automatic Telescope for Optical Monitoring), Namibia, using POETS. Winds prevented opening the 6.5 m Magellan/Clay telescope on Las Campanas, Chile, with its own frame-transfer camera, and clouds obscured the 1.9 m telescope at Sutherland, South Africa, which had POETS. With shadow velocity 23.6 km/s, it was a rapid event: maximum occultation <2 minutes. The observations were supported in part by grants NNX08AO50G to Williams College and NNX10AB27G to MIT from NASA's Planetary Astronomy Division, and NNH08AI17I to USNO for astrometry. Student participation was supported in part by NASA's Massachusetts Space Grant and NSF's REU. Japan's government donated U. Chile's Cerro Calan Goto telescope. PROMPT observations were made possible by the Robert Martin Ayers Science Fund. TRAPPIST is a project driven by the University of Liège, in close collaboration with the Observatory of Geneva, supported by the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research and the Swiss National Science Foundation. [less ▲]

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See detailTRAPPIST : un télescope liégeois à la découverte des systèmes planétaires
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Chantry, Virginie ULg et al

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