|Extrasolar planet||List of extrasolar planets|
|Right ascension||(α)||19h 28m 59s|
|Declination||(δ)||+47° 58′ 10″|
|Semimajor axis||(a)||0.0377 ± 0.0005 AU|
|Orbital period||(P)||2.2047299 (± 4×10−6) d|
|Time of transit||(Tt)||2453790.2593±0.001 JD|
|Density||(ρ)||930 kg m-3|
|Surface gravity||(g)||24.75 m/s² (2.524 g)|
|Discovery date||March 6, 2008|
|Other detection methods||Radial velocity
Ellipsoidal light variations
HAT-P-7b (or Kepler-2b) is an extrasolar planet discovered in 2008. It orbits very close to its host star, and is both larger and more massive than Jupiter. Due to the extreme heat it receives from its star, the dayside temperature is predicted to be 2730+150
The GSC 03547-01402 system is within the field of view of the now operational Kepler Mission spacecraft, which confirmed the transit and orbital properties of the planet with significantly improved confidence and observed occultation and light curve characteristics consistent with a strongly absorbing atmosphere with limited advection to the night side. In testing itself on HAT-P-7b, Kepler proved it was sensitive enough to detect Earth-like planets.
In August 2009, it was announced that HAT-P-7b may have a retrograde orbit, based upon measurements of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect. This announcement came only a day after the announcement of the first planet discovered with such an orbit, WASP-17b.
In January of 2010, it was announced that HAT-P-7b was detected through ellipsoidal light variations, the first detection of such kind. This method analyses the brightness variation caused by the rotation of a star as its shape tidally distorted by the planet. 
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- Borucki, W.J.; D. Koch,1 J. Jenkins, D. Sasselov, R. Gilliland, N. Batalha, D. W. Latham,3 D. Caldwell, G. Basri, T. Brown,7 J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, W. D. Cochran, E. DeVore, E. Dunham, A. K. Dupree, T. Gautier, J. Geary, A. Gould, S. Howell, H. Kjeldsen, J. Lissauer, G. Marcy, S. Meibom, D. Morrison, J. Tarter (2009-08-07). "Kepler’s Optical Phase Curve of the Exoplanet HAT-P-7b". Science 325 (5941): 709. Bibcode:2009Sci...325..709B. doi:10.1126/science.1178312. PMID 19661420. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- Second backwards planet found, a day after the first
- HAT-P-7: A Retrograde or Polar Orbit, and a Second Planet
- First Evidence of a Retrograde Orbit of Transiting Exoplanet HAT-P-7b
- Discovery of Ellipsoidal Variations in the Kepler Light Curve of HAT-P-7: William F. Welsh, Jerome A. Orosz, Sara Seager, Jonathan J. Fortney, Jon Jenkins, Jason F. Rowe, David Koch, William J. Borucki
- NASA'S Hubble Makes One Millionth Science Observation
- Media related to HAT-P-7b at Wikimedia Commons
- HAT-P-7b light curve using differential photometry
- Kepler Shows Exoplanet Is Unlike Anything in Our Solar System
- "HAT-P-7 b". Exoplanets. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
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