Ranked near the top of the long list of exciting discoveries made with NASA's Kepler photometer is the detection of transiting circumbinary planets. In just over a year the number of such planets went from zero to seven, including a multi-planet system with one of the planets in the habitable zone (Kepler-47). We are quickly learning to better detect and characterize these planets, including the recognition of their transit timing and duration variation ``smoking gun'' signature. Even with only a handful of such planets, some exciting trends are emerging.
Formation, Detection, and Characterization of Extrasolar Habitable Planets
- Pub Date:
- April 2014
- Eclipsing Binary Stars;
- Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
- To appear in "The Formation, Detection, and Characterization of Extrasolar Habitable Planets", Proceedings of the IAU Symposium 293, Ed. Nader Haghighipour