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Discovery and Study of Planetary Systems Using Astrometry from Space

  • E. H. Levy
  • R. S. McMillan
  • G. D. Gatewood
  • J. W. Stein
  • M. W. Castelaz
  • A. Buffington
  • N. Nishioka
  • J. D. Scargle
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 144)

Abstract

Much attention has been given over recent years to the question of discovering planetary systems around other stars. The interest in this question is provoked by both scientific and human imperatives. In this paper, I want to discuss the real intellectual issues that must be confronted in any attempt to discover planetary systems and the implications that these have for the performance of instruments built for that task. And, finally, I want to discuss the progress that potentially can be made with precise astrometric measurements. I will focus here on the general question of planet system discovery and study, and I will not take up other fascinating questions posed by more specialized—and perhaps more futuristic—approaches to the detection of possible markers of extraterrestrial life (Angel 1987; Burke 1987).

Keywords

Solar System Planetary System Giant Planet Binary Star Central Star 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. H. Levy
    • 1
  • R. S. McMillan
    • 1
  • G. D. Gatewood
    • 2
  • J. W. Stein
    • 2
  • M. W. Castelaz
    • 2
  • A. Buffington
    • 3
  • N. Nishioka
    • 4
  • J. D. Scargle
    • 4
  1. 1.Lunar Planetary LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Allegheny ObservatoryUnivesity of PittsburgPittsburgUSA
  3. 3.Astrophysics and Space ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA
  4. 4.Space Sciences DivisionNASA Ames Research CenterlMoffett FieldUSA

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