Share via Print This image of a galaxy cluster offers a striking example of gravitational lensing, in which the gravitational field of a foreground object distorts and amplifies the light of a more distant background object. New observations of a gravitationally-lensed supermassive black hole in another galaxy have unveiled what may be direct evidence of planets beyond the Milky Way. Finding planets in our galaxy is hard enough; finding them in more distant galaxies is even more challenging, the researchers said. But the researchers said the results of their study have revealed the presence of planets in a galaxy that lies between Earth and the quasar.
See my copyright notice for fair use practices. Over planets have been found orbiting other stars exoplanets sometimes also called extrasolar planets in over exoplanet systems as of late-June This section will first look at how we find exoplanets and then I will draw some preliminary conclusions based on the statistics of the orbits and masses of the exoplanets.
Finding Exoplanets Detecting exoplanets around other stars is a difficult project requiring very careful observations. At first finding exoplanets might seem a simple thing to dotake pictures of stars and look for small faint things orbiting them.
An exoplanet would indeed be a faint: The direct imaging technique of finding exoplanets would be better accomplished in the infrared band because the exoplanet's thermal spectrum would have maximum emission in the infrared band. Also, stars produce less infrared energy than visible band energyan exoplanet would only be ten thousand to a hundred thousand times fainter than the star.
The exoplanet would still be very faint, but at least the contrast ratio is improved by many thousands of times. The direct imaging technique is able to find jovian exoplanets far from their parent stars. Forty-nine exoplanets as of late June have been found this way.
Some of the exoplanets imaged are very young and still quite warm from their formation. Therefore, the young exoplanets are quite bright in the infrared and easier to detect. Some exoplanets have been imaged by blocking the light from the much brighter star with a device called a coronograph so that the feeble light from the exoplanet can be detected.
Use of a coronograph was essential to create the first visible light optical image of an exoplanet: The black area in the center is the coronograph, the white dot shows the location of the star, the ring is a dusty debris disk analogous to our solar system's Kuiper Belt but much further outthe small white box shows the location of the exoplanet some AU from its star, and the inset shows its motion over two years of its entire year orbit.
Its motion proved it was an object orbiting the star. Astronomers have detected disks of dust and gas around young stars using sensitive infrared detectors on the largest telescopes in the world. An equivalent amount of material locked up into a single object will have a smaller total surface area than if it was broken up into many tiny particles.
The disks have a lot of surface area and, therefore, can emit a lot of infrared energy. Some bright stars in our sky have dust around them: Vega, Beta Pictoris, and Fomalhaut. These are systems possibly in the beginning stages of forming planets. One disk around the star HR A appears to be in between the dust disk stage and a fully-fledged planet system.
The inner part of the disk has been cleared away. Presumably, the dust material has now coalesced into larger things like planets.
The exoplanets would have a smaller surface area than if the material was still in tiny particles form, so the exoplanets will be much fainter.
It appears that the formation of planet systems is a common process in the universe. Another way to look for exoplanets is to notice their gravitational effect on the stars they orbit. One signature of an exoplanet would be that the star would appear to wobble about as the star and the exoplanet orbit a point situated between them, proportionally closer to the more massive star, called the center of mass.
This technique is called the astrometric technique. Recall from the gravity chapter that the gravity force acting on the star and the exoplanet must be the same but the much smaller mass exoplanet will have much greater acceleration and the massive star will have a much smaller acceleration—just a "wobble".
Our Sun wobbles because of the gravity of the planets orbiting it. Most of the wobble is due to Jupiter which contains more mass than all of the other planets combined.
However, the wobble is tiny! Despite the tiny wobble, astronomers on planets orbiting nearby stars could detect this wobble using the same technology we have here on Earth if they observed the Sun's motion very carefully over a couple of decades.
The stronger the gravity between the star and exoplanet, the larger will be the wobble of the star and the easier to detect.
Therefore, the astrometric technique is well-suited to finding massive jovian exoplanets close to their parent stars. Because of the distorting effect of the Earth's atmosphere, no exoplanets have been found using this technique using ground-based telescopes at the time of writing.
The now-canceled SIM Lite mission was to use this technique and the Gaia missionlaunched in December uses this technique. Sequence on the right side is actually from two different vantage points. The wobbling star is what you would see if the orbit was face-on.
The doppler shifting absorption lines are what you would see if the orbit was edge-on from a position to the right of the star-exoplanet system so the lines shift toward the red end when the star is moving away from the observer and the exoplanet is moving toward the observer.
Another signature of an exoplanet would be doppler shifts in the star's spectral lines as they orbit their common center of mass.What is science? Science is the concerted human effort to understand, or to understand better, the history of the natural world and how the natural world works, with observable physical evidence as the basis of that understanding leslutinsduphoenix.com is done through observation of natural phenomena, and/or through experimentation that tries to simulate natural processes under controlled conditions.
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