A Cyberinfrastructure platform to meet the needs of data intensive radio astronomy on route to the SKA

Extrasolar Planets in the Classroom

  • university of birmingham, b15 2tt

Samuel George




Year: 2011

Pages: 403-406

URI: 10.1088/0031-9120/46/4/004


The field of extrasolar planets is still, in comparison with other astrophysical topics, in its infancy. There have been about 300 or so extrasolar planets detected and their detection has been accomplished by various different techniques. Here we present a simple laboratory experiment to show how planets are detected using the transit technique. Following the simple analysis procedure describe we are able to determine the planetary radius to be 1.27 +/- 0.20 R_{J} which, within errors agrees with the establish value of 1.32 +/- 0.25 R_{J}.