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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Led by COD astronomy professor Joe DalSanto, attendees to "Extrasolar Planets" will learn how astronomers have found and begun exploring some of the thousands of extrasolar planets in recent years from 7:30 to 9 p.
I'LL OPEN WITH a confession: I've never been particularly interested in extrasolar planets.
While the planets in our solar system have nearly circular orbits, astronomers have discovered several extrasolar planets with highly elliptical or eccentric orbits.
In the last 20 years, we have learned that extrasolar planets (planets orbiting other stars) do indeed exist, and more than 1,000 have now been cataloged.
He has been a member of the science team for NASA's Kepler mission to search for transiting extrasolar planets, and is a co-investigator for NASA's successor TESS mission to be launched in 2016, which will expand the search for transiting planets to the entire sky.
Currently, the main astrophysical limitations to the detection and the precise characterization of exoplanets are the precise characterization of the host star and the existence of false-positive scenarios (such as diluted binaries or stellar activity which are able to mimic extrasolar planets.
He said that their result also demonstrates the power of this technique for measuring water and other molecules in the atmospheres of planets, giving us a new tool to study the nature and evolution of extrasolar planets.
WASHINGTON (CyHAN)- Since the early 1990's, astronomers have known that extrasolar planets, or "exoplanets," orbit stars light-years beyond our own solar system.
As a result in 2013 the IAU Commission 53 Extrasolar Planets and other IAU members will be consulted on the topic of having popular names for exoplanets.
Molecules in the Atmospheres of Extrasolar Planets (2008: Paris, France) Ed.
A radical new theory that planets are born within a massive veil of gas may help explain how recently discovered extrasolar planets developed their stunning diversity of sizes and locations.