The Super Earths
01- K-11
02- Migrating Worlds
03- Gliese 581
04- Goldilocks
05- 51 Pegasi
06- Doppler Effect
07- Rhythmic Shift
08- Eccentric Giants
09- Transitters
10- Mu Arae
11- Intermediate World
12- Worlds Observed
13- Extra Solar Earths
14- Migrant Worlds
15- Accretion
16- Core Accretion
17- Disk Erosion
18- Planetary Embryos
19- The Protected Zone
20- Ecosphere
21- Ecosphere II
22- Beta Pictoris
23- Vanquishing Starlight
24- Red Edge / Earth Shine
25- Distant Continents
26- The Age of Stars
   

09 - Transitters

 

 

A few Roaster planets have been glimpsed more directly when they transit their star, passing in front of it and dimming its light.

The first transitting planet, found in 1999 orbiting a star named HD 209458, over 100 light years away, also gave the first reading of an alien planet’s dimensions. Although lighter than Jupiter, this has a diameter 35 percent greater.

Subtle colour changes as starlight shines through the planet’s atmosphere suggest it consists of hydrogen, helium, and sodium, aswell as signs that it is slowly evaporating in the heat ( see Red Edge / Earth Shine ). This planet suggests that Roasters and Eccentric Giants are less dense than the gas planets of this solar system.

This is a key observation in relation to my alternate formation concept outlined in the later sections of this website; see: ‘The Protected Zone’ and ‘Beta Pictoris'.

 
  Alan Lambert 2011