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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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This is exciting, as they almost certainly have different compositions than our own 6 shedding light on how the extrasolar system they came from formed.
If you've always been intrigued by extrasolar planets--or even if you haven't
While the planets in our solar system have nearly circular orbits, astronomers have discovered several extrasolar planets with highly elliptical or eccentric orbits.
He has been active in extrasolar planet research since the beginning of this field in 1995.
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.
In a subsequent study by the same authors [3], they applied their analysis to the extrasolar planetary system HD 10180 and determined that (i) the logarithmic position of the six planets show also a long-range order, and (ii) that this property is enhanced when including a seventh (hypothetically existing) planet at a position of 0.
Such a beginning might explain the abundance of small-to-middling extrasolar planets spotted by NASA's Kepler spacecraft in orbits within roasting distance of their stars (SN: 2/26/11, p.
Astronomers are discovering extrasolar planets at a frenetic pace.
EPOXI is a combination of the names for the two extended mission components: a search for extrasolar planets during its cruise phase to comet Hartley 2, called Extrasolar Planet Observations and Characterization (EPOCh), and the eventual flyby of the comet, called the Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI).
EPOXI is a combination of the names for the two extended mission components: a search for extrasolar planets during the cruise to Hartley 2, called Extrasolar Planet Observation and Characterization (EPOCh), and the flyby of comet Hartley 2, called the Deep Impact Extended Investigation (DIXI).
The 10 finds are extrasolar, which means they orbit stars other than the sun.
It is called an extrasolar planet because it orbits a sun other than ours.