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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Extrasolar Planets (Video)

From Science 360: an excellent video to learn the Science behind the News: Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets)

Graphic of a Typical Stellar System
Solar System Simulation

Extrasolar planets are called exoplanets. The heavenly bodies are planets that orbit stars other than our sun. Astronomers primarily use two methods to detect these distant planets: Doppler Method and the Transit method. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn. This video features Dr. William Welsh, an exceptional Astronomer and Scientist at San Diego State University.

Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC Learn

Runtime: 4:35


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