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This clip illustrates the phenomenon that has enabled astronomers to indirectly detect dozens of planets, even if the planets themselves are too small to be seen directly. As a planet passes in front of its star, the star's light dips just a little â...
Keywords: exoplanet, planet, gas giant, star, transit, animation
This was a commission for Scientific American, in their September 2000 edition. It was to illustrate an article about finding extrasolar planets via occultation â€“ by detecting the dip in light levels as the planets transit in front of their stars. ...
Keywords: exoplanet, planet, Earth-like, binary star, habitable, star