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Learning Exercise: Planetary transits

Planetary transits
A learning exercise based on the planetary transits applet. Learning goals: 1. To understand how astronomers detect extrasolar planets by measuring transits in the light curve of the companion star 2. To understand the effects of uncertainty in measurement 3. To understand how the planet's temperature and emission spectrum is controlled by absorption and reemission of stellarradiation.


Submitted by:
Richard McCray
Date Last Modified:
April 05, 2011


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  • College General Ed
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  • College Upper Division
  • High School


Extra-solar planets

Type of Task

  • Unsupervised