Finding Extra-Solar Planets

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We found the first confirmed planet outside our solar system in 1992. Since then, we've found almost 600. Why'd it take us so long to find exoplanets? And once we'd started, why'd we find so many? Caution: presentation contains gratuitous references to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. (To fully follow along with this presentation, please grab the presentation script from http://granades.com/2011/09/12/talking-science-at-dragoncon-2011/ ‎)

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Finding Extra-Solar Planets

  1. 1. 1584<br />Photo of Giordano Bruno courtesy Berthold Werner<br />
  2. 2. 1990<br />PSR B1257+12<br />
  3. 3. SephirothLimit Break!<br />
  4. 4. 1990<br />PSR B1257+12<br />
  5. 5. 1992<br />Artist’s rendition courtesy R. Hurt/NASA<br />
  6. 6. 1994<br />PSR B1620-26b<br />Artist’s rendition of PSR B1620-26b courtesy Greg Bacon/NASA<br />
  7. 7. 1995<br />51 Pegasi b<br />
  8. 8. 573 total planets<br />
  9. 9. Exoplanet Hunters<br />Watching Stars Wobble and Dim<br />Stephen Granade<br />http://granades.com<br />stephen@granades.com<br />@sargent on Twitter<br />
  10. 10. 1790<br />(“Uranus” like Goatse?)<br />
  11. 11. Possibly a vampire<br />1841<br />1845<br />
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  13. 13. 1859<br />
  14. 14. Stupid red matter<br />
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  24. 24. Picture courtesy Mysid<br />
  25. 25. Picture courtesy Slack12<br />
  26. 26. Spinning Pulsar is represented by Pinkie Pie<br />
  27. 27. (not to scale)<br />
  28. 28. GAMMA RADIATION<br />
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  30. 30. Sonic Rainboom is like Doppler Spectroscopy<br />
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  35. 35. Painting copyright Lynette Cook<br />
  36. 36. Fluttershy is also afraid of her own shadow<br />
  37. 37. 1999<br />HD 209458<br />
  38. 38. 2002<br />OGLE-TR-56<br />
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  40. 40. You could see a Brundlefly<br />
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  42. 42. Figure courtesy S. Gaudi and D. Bennett<br />
  43. 43. Close-up Rarity represents gravity lensing<br />
  44. 44. OGLE<br />Photo courtesy Krzysztof Ulaczyk<br />
  45. 45. OGLE-2003-BLG-235L<br />
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  49. 49. Picture courtesy the ESO<br />
  50. 50. 2M2107<br />
  51. 51. 1RXS J160929.1−210524<br />
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  54. 54. Doppler Spectroscopy<br />Pulsar Timing<br />Transit<br />Gravitational<br />Lensing<br />Direct<br />Observation<br />
  55. 55. Painting courtesy the ESO<br />
  56. 56. Painting courtesy CNES/D. Ducros<br />
  57. 57. Painting courtesy NASA/Wendy Stenzel<br />
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  59. 59. 1,235 candidates!<br />Image courtesy NASA/Jason Rowe<br />
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