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bRing: An observatory dedicated to monitoring the β Pictoris b Hill sphere transit

Stuik, Remko; Bailey III, J. I.; Dorval, P; Talens, G J J; Laginja, I; Mellon, Samuel N; Lomberg, B B D; Crawford, Steven M; Ireland, Michael; Mamajek, Eric E; Kenworthy, M A


Aims. We describe the design and first light observations from the β Pictoris b Ring ("bRing") project. The primary goal is to detect photometric variability from the young star β Pictoris due to circumplanetary material surrounding the directly imaged young extrasolar gas giant planet β Pictoris b. Methods. Over a nine month period centred on September 2017, the Hill sphere of the planet will cross in front of the star, providing a unique opportunity to directly probe the circumplanetary...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Astronomy and Astrophysics
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201731679
Access Rights: Open Access


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