Detecting Extrasolar Earth-like Planets

  • M. VázquezEmail author
  • E. Pallé
  • P. Montañés Rodríguez
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


Scientific interest in the search for exoplanets is not new, but only recently have the appropriate tools become available. A little more than a decade ago not a single planet was known outside our solar system. Today more than 400 exoplanets have been discovered around a similar number of stars, and the number grows larger every day. In this chapter we review the technical challenges associated with the detection of extrasolar planets. Here, we also briefly review the most productive and promising of the presently used techniques for exoplanet searches. In particular, we focus on the ability and limitations of each technique for the (future) detection of earth-size exoplanets.


Neutron Star Giant Planet Astronomical Unit Initial Mass Function Extrasolar Planet 
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  • M. Vázquez
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  • P. Montañés Rodríguez
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  1. 1.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasTenerifeSpain

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