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Exoplanet Detection: Transit Method
written by Mario Belloni
The Exoplanet Detection: Transit Method model simulates the detection of exoplanets by using the transit method of detecting exoplanets. In this method, the light curve from a star, and how it changes over time due to exoplanet transits, is observed and then analyzed. In this simulation the exoplanet orbits the star (sun-sized) in circular motion via Kepler's third law. When the exoplanet passes in front of the star (transits), it blocks part of the starlight. This decrease in starlight is shown on the graph. If the exoplanet is close enough to the central star, and has sufficient reflectivity, or albedo, it can reflect enough of the starlight to be seen on the light curve. In the simulation the star-exoplanet system is shown as seen from Earth (edge on view) but magnified greatly, and with the star and planet sizes not shown to the scale of the orbit. The radius of the central star (relative to the radius of Sun),semi-major axis of the exoplanet (in AU), radius of the exoplanet (relative to the radius of Jupiter), the exoplanet's albedo (reflectivity), and the inclination of the system relative to Earth can be changed.
The simulation uses Java 3D, if installed, to render the view the star and exoplanet. If Java 3D is not installed, the simulation will default to simple 3D using Java.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
Please note that this resource requires Java3D.
1 source code document is available
The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Exoplanet Detection: Transit Method Model. Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.
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Published: June 29, 2010
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Exoplanet Detection: Transit Method:
Is Based On Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool
The Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool is needed to explore the computational model used in the Exoplanet Detection: Transit Method.relation by Mario Belloni
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