Exoplanets in the Antarctic Sky. II. 116 Transiting Exoplanet Candidates Found by AST3-II (CHESPA) within the Southern CVZ of TESS
Hui Zhang, Zhouyi Yu, Ensi Liang, Ming Yang, Michael CB Ashley, Xiangqun Cui, Fujia Du, Jianning Fu, Xuefei Gong, Bozhong Gu, Yi Hu, Peng Jiang, Huigen Liu, Jon Lawrence, Qiang Liu, Xiaoyan Li, Zhengyang Li, Bin Ma, Jeremy Mould, Zhaohui Shang Show all
ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL SUPPLEMENT SERIES | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2019
We report first results from the CHinese Exoplanet Searching Program from Antarctica (CHESPA) - a wide-field high-resolution photometric survey for transiting exoplanets carried out using telescopes of the AST3 (Antarctic Survey Telescopes times 3) project. There are now three telescopes (AST3-I, AST3-II, and CSTAR-II) operating at Dome A - the highest point on the Antarctic Plateau - in a fully automatic and remote mode to exploit the superb observing conditions of the site, and its long and uninterrupted polar nights. The search for transiting exoplanets is one of the key projects for AST3. During the austral winters of 2016 and 2017 we used the AST3-II telescope to survey a set of target ..View full abstract
Awarded by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
Awarded by National Basic Research Program (973 Program) of China
Awarded by Chinese Polar Environment Comprehensive Investigation & Assessment Program
This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC grants 11673011, 11333002, 11273019), National Basic Research Program (973 Program) of China (grants No. 2013CB834900, 2013CB834904). The authors deeply appreciate all the CHINAREs for their great effort in installing/maintaining CSTAR, CSTAR-II, AST3-I, AST3-II and PLATO-A. This study has also been supported by the Chinese Polar Environment Comprehensive Investigation & Assessment Program (grant No. CHINARE2016-02-03), the Australian Antarctic Division, and the Australian National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy administered by Astronomy Australia Limited. Zhang is also grateful to the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) of Nanjing University for reducing the data used in this paper.