astronomy homework 1 - is of a planet sustaining life....

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February 5, 2010 Homework #1 1. The light curves of Kepler 6b and 7b are much larger and way more noticeable than that of Kepler 4b. This is because Kepler 6b and 7b the planets are bigger and therefore covers more of the light being transmitted by the star, making the light curve bigger than that of a smaller planet. The radius of the planet has an effect on the light curve because the bigger the radius, the bigger the planet is, which makes it easier to detect a planet because the line curve is also bigger and easier to detect. The radius is also important when it comes on deciding whether life can exist or not on a planet, because the bigger the radius the less chance there
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Unformatted text preview: is of a planet sustaining life. These large planets are usually gas planets with no chance of sustaining life. Most planets that are more rocky are usually smaller and therefore have a better chance of sustaining life. d. The way we detect a planet is by searching for a light curve, so the smaller the planet the harder it is to find its light curve. We do not have the technology to detect a planet as small as the Earth. However, we do have the technology to detect a planet the size of Jupiter, that it is only a matter of time before we find one. According to class lectures we are on the edge of detecting one a planet the size of Jupiter....
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