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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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