extrasolar planet

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extrasolar planet

(eks-tră-soh -ler) See planet.

extrasolar planet

[¦ek·strə¦sō·lər ′plan·ət]
(astronomy)
A planet in orbit about a star other than the sun. Also known as exoplanet.
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PLANETARY PASSAGES In the standard technique for finding an exosolar planet, astronomers analyze the light from stars, searching for periodic shifts in wavelength that result from the star wobbling ever so slightly as it moves through space.
As a postgraduate research assistant at Harvard, Preston developed a method to analyze data from billions of stars to discover interesting events such as microlensing and exosolar planets.
Although about 500 exosolar planets have been identified since 1992, most have been gas giants like Jupiter.