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How We Detect Exoplanets: The Transit Photometry Method

How We Detect Exoplanets: The Transit Photometry Method

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How We Detect Exoplanets: The Transit Photometry Method
When an exoplanet passes in front of its star, we can't see the planet, but we can see the starlight dim. Repeat transits tell us an exoplanet's orbit size and shape.

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