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Extrasolar enigmas: from disintegrating exoplanets to exoasteroids

By SpaceRef Editor
February 25, 2020
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Jan Budaj, Petr Kabath, Enric Palle

(Submitted on 24 Feb 2020)

Thousands of transiting exoplanets have been discovered to date, thanks in great part to the {\em Kepler} space mission. As in all populations, and certainly in the case of exoplanets, one finds unique objects with distinct characteristics. Here we will describe the properties and behaviour of a small group of `disintegrating’ exoplanets discovered over the last few years (KIC 12557548b, K2-22b, and others). They evaporate, lose mass unraveling their naked cores, produce spectacular dusty comet-like tails, and feature highly variable asymmetric transits. Apart from these exoplanets, there is observational evidence for even smaller `exo-‘objects orbiting other stars: exoasteroids and exocomets. Most probably, such objects are also behind the mystery of Boyajian’s star. Ongoing and upcoming space missions such as {\em TESS} and PLATO will hopefully discover more objects of this kind, and a new era of the exploration of small extrasolar systems bodies will be upon us.

Comments: Accepted for publication in the book “Reviews in Frontiers of Modern Astrophysics: From Space Debris to Cosmology” (eds Kabath, Jones and Skarka; publisher Springer Nature) funded by the European Union Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership grant “Per Aspera Ad Astra Simul” 2017-1-CZ01-KA203-035562

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)

Cite as: arXiv:2002.10370 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2002.10370v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

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From: Jan Budaj 

[v1] Mon, 24 Feb 2020 16:55:22 UTC (4,847 KB)

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