Exoplanetary Science: An Overview

  • Nuno C. SantosEmail author
  • João P. Faria
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 49)


Two decades ago, the first exoplanet was found orbiting a solar-type star. Since then, many surprising discoveries have been made. We now know that the architecture and properties of the Solar System’s planets are more an exception than a rule. In this paper we review the main planet detection methods and present some of the most interesting discoveries as well as their connection to the study of planet-host stars.


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  1. 1.Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do EspaçoUniversidade do Porto, CAUPPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Departamento de Física e Astronomia, Faculdade de CiênciasUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal

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