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October 10, 2006
An artist's impression shows a Jupiter-sized planet passing in front of its parent star. Such events...
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Artist's impression shows Jupiter-sized planet passing in front of its parent star
An artist's impression shows a Jupiter-sized planet passing in front of its parent star. Such events are called transits. When the planet transits the star, the star's apparent brightness drops by a few percent for a short period. Through this technique, astronomers can use the Hubble Space Telescope to search for planets across the galaxy by measuring periodic changes in a star's luminosity. The first class of exoplanets found by this technique are the so-called "hot Jupiters," which are so close to their stars they complete an orbit within days, or even hours. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/NASA/ESA/G. Bacon/Handout
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