Discovered by the KELT research team in 2017, the temperature at KELT-9b exceeds that of most stars. This page contains press coverage and general information about our discovery; more technical information is available here.
We are honored to have been chosen by Exocast as the "hottest" planet of 2018, as decided by exoplanet enthusiasts on Twitter. Our road to victory was covered on their podcast as well as a recent article in the Ohio State student newspaper.
The Guardian: Kelt-9b: astronomers discover hottest known giant planet
Scientific American: Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot: Astronomers Discover a Giant Planet Hotter Than Most Stars
Sky & Telescope: KELT-9b: Hottest Hot Jupiter Exoplanet Yet
Vanderbilt University: Astronomers discover exoplanet hotter than most stars
After 14 years of observations, 17 years since the project conception, 26 planets discovered, and dozens of papers, the KELT transit search is ending. This transition has been long-expected, since the NASA TESS mission has revolutionized the discovery of transiting exoplanets. We will continue observations by both KELT telescopes for as long as practical, since there is so much more science to be done outside of transit discovery. Thank you to everyone who supported the KELT project!... Read More
We are honored to have received the Award of Distinction at the 25th Annual Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for this website, together with our web design partners at 3twenty9 Design, LLC.... Read More
(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a new "hot Jupiter" exoplanet with a short orbital period of just three and a half days. The newly detected giant planet, designated KELT-20b, circles a rapidly rotating star known as HD 185603 (or KELT-20). The finding was presented in a paper published July 5 on arXiv.org.... Read More
Scientists have discovered a giant ringed gas planet which is likely caused by a mysterious stellar eclipse. The planet has 50 times mass of Jupiter and it is surrounded by a ring of dust. According to researchers from the University of Warwick, this planet is hurtling around a star more than 1000 light years away from Earth.... Read More