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The Tale of WASP-107b’s Tail

10 Aug 2021, 16:00 UTC
The Tale of WASP-107b’s Tail
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Title: The post-transit tail of WASP-107b observed at 10830Å
Authors: J. J. Spake, A. Oklopčić, L. A. Hillenbrand
First Author’s Institution: California Institute of Technology
Status: Submitted to AJ

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