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ERIC Number: EJ1037446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Characterization of Transiting Exoplanets by Way of Differential Photometry
Cowley, Michael; Hughes, Stephen
Physics Education, v49 n3 p293-298 May 2014
This paper describes a simple activity for plotting and characterizing the light curve from an exoplanet transit event by way of differential photometry analysis. Using free digital imaging software, participants analyse a series of telescope images with the goal of calculating various exoplanet parameters, including size, orbital radius and habitability. The activity has been designed for a high-school or undergraduate university level and introduces fundamental concepts in astrophysics and an understanding of the basis for exoplanetary science, the transit method and digital photometry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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