An enigmatic point-like feature within the HD 169142 transitional disk

Beth A. Biller (Lead / Corresponding author), Jared Males, Timothy J. Rodigas, Katie Morzinski, Laird M. Close, Attila Juhász, Katherine B. Follette, Sylvestre Lacour, Myriam Benisty, Aurora Sicilia-Aguilar, Philip M. Hinz, Alycia Weinberger, Thomas Henning, Jörg-Uwe Pott, Mickaël Bonnefoy, Rainer Köhler

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We report the detection of a faint pointlike feature possibly related to ongoing planet-formation in the disk of the transition disk star HD 169142. The pointlike feature has a Delta-mag(L) ? 6.4, at a separation of ? 0" .11 and PA ? 0º. Given its lack of an H or KS counterpart despite its relative brightness, this candidate cannot be explained by purely photospheric emission and must be a disk feature heated by an as yet unknown source. Its extremely red colors make it highly unlikely to be a background object, but future multi-wavelength followup is necessary for confirmation and characterization of this feature.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberL22
Number of pages6
JournalAstrophysical Journal Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2014


  • astro-ph.EP astro-ph.SR Planets and satellites: detection Planets and satellites: formation Planets and satellites: gaseous planets Protoplanetary disks


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