We report our investigation of the first transiting planet candidate from the YETI project in the young (∼4 Myr old) open cluster Trumpler 37. The transit-like signal detected in the lightcurve of F8V star 2M21385603+5711345 repeats every 1.364894 + 0.000015 days, and has a depth of 54.5 + 0.8 mmag in R. Membership in the cluster is supported by its mean radial velocity and location in the color-magnitude diagram, while the Li diagnostic and proper motion are inconclusive in this regard. Follow-up photometric monitoring and adaptive optics imaging allow us to rule out many possible blend scenarios, but our radial-velocity measurements show it to be an eclipsing single-lined spectroscopic binary with a late-type (mid-M) stellar companion, rather than one of planetary nature. The estimated mass of the companion is 0.15-0.44 M⊙. The search for planets around very young stars such as those targeted by the YETI survey remains of critical importance to understand the early stages of planet formation and evolution.
- Binaries: eclipsing
- Binaries: spectroscopic
- Open clusters and associations: individual (Trumpler 37)
- Planetary systems
- Stars: fundamental parameters
- Stars: late-type