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Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics - Lecture 7

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Lecture 7 - Direct Imaging of Exoplanets

Class begins with a problem on transits and learning what information astronomers obtain through observing them. For example, radii of stars can be estimated. Furthermore, applying the Doppler shift method, one can find the mass of a star. Finally, a star's density can be calculated. A second method for identifying planets around stars is introduced: the astrometry method. The method allows for an extremely accurate assessment of a star's precise position in the sky. Special features of the astrometry method are discussed and a number of problems are solved. A short summary is given on the three methods astronomers use to identify exoplanets. Class ends with an overview of upcoming space missions and the hope of detecting the presence of biological activity on other planet.

Prof. Charles Bailyn
ASTR 160 - Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics, Spring 2007
(Yale University: Open Yale)
Date accessed: 2009-05-12
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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1. Midterm Exam 1 Preparation Handout
2. Sample Midterm Exam (2006)
3. Test "Article" for Sample Midterm (2006)
4. Sample Midterm Exam Solutions (2006)
5. Section Activity 2: Planet Density
6. Section Activity 2: Planet Density Answers



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