Exosolar Planets

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Yeah, I am talking about planets of another star. It is one of those complicated things which I have read from the book “Origins” by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. I would have explained it here but then it would become too technical too soon and I doubt if I would be able to explain in totality.

Think about it the nearest star after Sun is 4.37 light years away from Sun and we are talking about finding out if it has planets or not. The author also shared the methods and techniques used to find if these stars have any planets and I was completely sure that it would all go over my head but to my utmost surprise, I actually got it and it was a really good physics problem (kind of like the ones which we used to solve when we were preparing for IIT)

In those says, I used to lack motivation in solving those difficult questions and always thought how those problems might be helpful in any way other than getting to know which one among us has high IQ. I wish somebody would have told me at that time that if you would do it efficiently one day you would be able to uncover the greatest mysteries of the universe (I mean literally)

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