Butler, R. Paul Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington DC.
- Detection techniques
- The planetary zoo
- Mass function
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Planets that are in orbit about stars other than the Sun. The first planet orbiting a main sequence star other than the Sun was discovered in 1995.The 2000 Decadal Survey of Astrophysics from the National Academy of Sciences declared the discovery of extrasolar planets the most significant advance of the previous decade. As of 2010 about 500 planets had been discovered, and the 2010 Decadal Survey cited extrasolar planet research as one of the three pillars of modern astrophysics. The growth and interest in extrasolar planet research remains impressive for a field that did not exist 15 years earlier.
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