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Astronomy Tea Talks at Caltech

Mondays, Robinson 106
Tea:  4.00pm
Talk: 4.15pm

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2007 - 2008 season:
28 January 2008 Josh Winn (MIT)

"The Transits of Exoplanets"


The transit of a planet across the disk of its parent star is a rare
and enlightening event. For a generic exoplanet, all that is known are
the orbital characteristics and the minimum mass. For a transiting
planet we can also learn the actual mass, radius, temperature, and
much more. I will discuss the present and future of transit
observations, concentrating on our group's recent efforts to measure
planetary radii, spin-orbit alignment, and reflected light from
exoplanets.
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