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Well stars with orbiting planets do, and so this is what astronomers look out for. When they see a shaky star they know that something near it must be making it move. So why does a planet make the star wobble, planets go round stars, right?
The Sun is about , times bigger than the Earth, which makes it , times harder to move. But the Earth's pull on the Sun does manage to move it a bit. The Earth's orbit is about ,, miles from one side to the other.
This is how much the Sun's pull moves the Earth. The Earth's pull on the Sun moves it , times less than this. That is, about miles.
Not much in comparison. So all you see from a distance is the Sun wobbling about miles back and forth in year, but this is enough for a clever alien to know that the Earth is there. By watching for the wobble, a scientist will be able to tell when a new planet forms. This will give them a better idea of what made it happen, and maybe give us a clue about how our planet formed. But if they can't even see the planets how are they going to discover anything useful?
A further disadvantage is that the gas envelope around certain types of stars can expand and contract, and some stars are variable. This method is unsuitable for finding planets around these types of stars, as changes in the stellar emission spectrum caused by the intrinsic variability of the star can swamp the small effect caused by a planet.
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The method is best at detecting very massive objects close to the parent star — so-called " hot Jupiters " — which have the greatest gravitational effect on the parent star, and so cause the largest changes in its radial velocity. Hot Jupiters have the greatest gravitational effect on their host stars because they have relatively small orbits and large masses.
Observation of many separate spectral lines and many orbital periods allows the signal to noise ratio of observations to be increased, increasing the chance of observing smaller and more distant planets, but planets like the Earth remain undetectable with current instruments.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A representation of a star orbited by a planet.
All the movement of the star is along the viewer's line-of-sight; Doppler spectroscopy will give a true value of the planet's mass. In this case none of the star's movement is along the viewer's line-of-sight and the Doppler spectroscopy method will not detect the planet at all.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Science. Archived from the original PDF on Retrieved 26 October Butler ; et al. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Retrieved 17 October Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Are we not the only Earth out there?
Archived from the original on University of Texas at Austin. Exoplanet Methods of detecting exoplanets Planetary system. Accretion Merging stars Nebular hypothesis Planetary migration. As it surges toward Earth, its light waves are compressed, shortening the wavelength and shifting the color to the blue side of the spectrum. As it surges away from Earth, its light waves spread out, increasing the wavelength and shifting the color to the red side of the spectrum.
Larger planets intensify the wobble of their parent stars, which is why this technique has been so efficient at finding gas giants several times larger than Earth. What's one thing that all planets can do well? If a planet's orbit crosses between its parent star and Earth, it will block some of the light and cause the star to dim. Astronomers call this a transit , and the related planet-hunting technique the transit method. Telescopes equipped with sensitive photometers can easily discern large planets, but they can also catch even the slight dimming caused by an Earth-sized object.