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The Cosmic Mystery Tour$
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Nicholas Mee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198831860

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198831860.001.0001

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Raise Your Glasses to the Skies!

Raise Your Glasses to the Skies!

(p.167) Raise Your Glasses to the Skies!
The Cosmic Mystery Tour

Nicholas Mee

Oxford University Press

Many exoplanets have been discovered in recent years by searching for regular dips in brightness of a star as a planet passes across its face. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope was launched to search for exoplanets using this planetary transit method. Kepler monitors 145,000 stars and has so far discovered over 2500 exoplanets. The planetary transit method has also been used to find a family of seven planets around a nearby red dwarf star that has been named TRAPPIST-1.

Keywords:   planetary transit, exoplanets, Kepler Space Telescope, TRAPPIST-1, red dwarf

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