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Title: Extrasolar Planets & The Power of the Dark Side

Abstract

It is only in the last decade that we have direct evidence for planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars. If such planets happen to pass in front of their stars, we are presented with a golden opportunity to learn about the nature of these objects. Measurements of the dimming of starlight and gravitational wobble allow us to derive the planetary radius and mass, and, by inference, its composition. Recently, we used the Hubble Telescope to detect and study the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet for the first time. I will describe what we have learned about these planets 

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
FNAL (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
987336
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: Fermilab Colloquia, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batvia, Illinois (United States), presented on April 24, 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 79 ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS; STAR; PLANET; ORBIT

Citation Formats

Charbonneau, David. Extrasolar Planets & The Power of the Dark Side. United States: N. p., 2009. Web.
Charbonneau, David. Extrasolar Planets & The Power of the Dark Side. United States.
Charbonneau, David. Fri . "Extrasolar Planets & The Power of the Dark Side". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/987336.
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