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Exoplanetary Science: An Overview

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP,volume 49)

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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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  • Planet Host Stars
  • Solar-type Stars
  • Astrometric Motion
  • Exoplanet Detection
  • Star-planet System

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    http://exoplanet.eu.

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    Even if they are not the most prevalent kind of planets.

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    For example, a Jupiter-like planet in a 10-year orbit around a solar-mass star located 10 pc away from us, induces an astrometric motion of only 440 microarcseconds.

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Santos, N.C., Faria, J.P. (2018). Exoplanetary Science: An Overview. In: Campante, T., Santos, N., Monteiro, M. (eds) Asteroseismology and Exoplanets: Listening to the Stars and Searching for New Worlds. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings, vol 49. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59315-9_9

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