CAOSP abstracts, Volume: 40, No.: 2, year: 2010

Abstract: Wasp-10b is a very interesting transiting extrasolar planet. Although its transit is very deep, about 40 mmag, there are very different estimates of its radius in the literature. We present new photometric observations of four complete transits of this planet. The whole event was detected for each transit and the final light curve consists of more than 1500 individual CCD exposures. We determine the following system parameters: planet to star radius ratio Rp/R=0.168 ± 0.001, star radius to semimajor axis ratio R/a = 0.094 ± 0.001 and inclination i=87.3 ± 0.1 deg. Assuming that the semimajor axis is 0.0369 ± 0.00120.0014 AU (Christian et al. 2009), we obtain the following radius of the planet Rp=1.22 ± 0.05 RJ, and radius of the star R = 0.75 ± 0.03. The errors include the uncertainty in the stellar mass and the semimajor axis of the planet. Surprisingly, our estimate of the planet radius is significantly higher (by about 12 percent) than the most recent value of Johnson et al. (2009). We also improve the orbital period Porb=3.092731 ± 1×10-6 days and estimate the average transit duration TD=0.0974 ± 8×10-4 days.

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