Terrestrial exoplanet light curves

Eric Gaidos, Nicholas Moskovitz, Darren M. Williams

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Abstract

The phase or orbital light curves of extrasolar terrestrial planets in reflected or emitted light will contain information about their atmospheres and surfaces complementary to data obtained by other techniques such as spectrosopy. We show calculated light curves at optical and thermal infrared wavelengths for a variety of Earth-like and Earth-unlike planets. We also show that large satellites of Earth-sized planets are detectable, but may cause aliasing effects if the lightcurve is insufficiently sampled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Astronomical Union
Volume1
Issue numberC200
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Space and Planetary Science

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