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Earth as a Transiting Exoplanet

16 Jul 2021, 15:37 UTC
Earth as a Transiting Exoplanet OpenSpace/American Museum of Natural History

Exoplanet scientists and enthusiasts spend a lot of time trying to find, measure and understand distant planets that can — under specific conditions — be detected as passing in front of their host star. A majority of the 4000-plus exoplanets discovered so far were indirectly detected this way, by measuring the diminishing of stellar light as the exoplanet passes between the star and us.

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