The hydrogen exosphere of exoplanet HD209458b detected with HST/ACS

D. Ehrenreich, A. Lecavelier Des Etangs, G. Hébrard, J. M. Désert, A. Vidal-Madjar, J. C. McConnell, C. D. Parkinson, G. E. Ballester, R. Ferlet

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Exospheric atomic hydrogen escaping from the planet HD 209458b provides the largest observational signature ever detected for an extrasolar planet atmosphere. We present observations of this transiting planet's extended exosphere with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope. From the two transit light curves obtained at Lyman α, we find an in-transit absorption of (8.0±5.7)%, in good agreement with previous studies. These new constraints on the size of the exosphere strengthens the evaporation scenario. Full details are provided in Ehrenreich et al. (2008).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-531
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Issue numberS253
StatePublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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