As part of the PanCET program, we have conducted a spectroscopic study of WASP-79b, an in hot Jupiter orbiting an F-type star in Eridanus with a period of 3.66 days. Building on the original WASP and TRAPPIST photometry of Smalley et al. (2012), we examine HST/WFC3 (1.125 - 1.650 μm), Magellan/LDSS-3C (0.6 - 1 μm) data, and Spitzer data (3.6 and 4.5 μm). Using data from all three instruments, we constrain the water abundance to be -2.20 ≤ log(H2O) ≤ -1.55. We present these results along with the results of an atmospheric retrieval analysis, which favor inclusion of FeH and H- in the atmospheric model. With the detectable water feature and its occupation of the clear/cloudy transition region of the temperature/gravity phase space, WASP-79b is a target of interest for the approved JWST Director's Discretionary Early Release Science (DD ERS) program, with ERS observations planned to be the first to execute in Cycle 1. Transiting exoplanets have been approved for 78.1 hours of data collection, and with the delay in the JWST launch, WASP-79b is now a target for the Panchromatic Transmission program. This program will observe WASP-79b for 42 hours in 4 different instrument modes, providing substantially more data by which to investigate this hot Jupiter.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts
- Pub Date:
- January 2020