The Search for Extrasolar Planets

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By: Simon Smith, for the Fall 2010 Physics 211x

Note that the red streaks are light, not solid material.
    For years, mankind has wondered if it is alone in the universe. Though we have not found anyone out there yet,
    every planet we find further increases the chances that somewhere out there is someone else. But how do we
    find these worlds?

    This website endeavours to explain how astronomers around the world are looking for planets that are, by all
    rights, too small to see directly.