A Planet's Telltale Signature

This diagram illustrates how a planet passing in front of a star blocks a tiny amount of starlight. In this case, it's a planet crossing the face of a nearby star called HD 209458, located 153 light-years from Earth in the constellation Pegasus. The dip in the center of the diagram represents a 1.7 percent drop in starlight over a three-hour period as the planet moves across the star's disk. By watching this eclipse, astronomers can confirm a planet's existence.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, T.M. Brown, D. Charbonneau, R.L. Gilliland, R.W. Noyes, & A. Burrows.

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0033d
Type:Chart
Release date:31 October 2000, 07:00
Size:481 x 365 px

About the Object

Name:HD 209458
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Distance:150 light years


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