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The Transits of Extrasolar Planets with Moons


  • A PhD thesis of exceptionally high standard

  • Opens a new field of research for exomoons

  • Topic with significant impact in outreach to a wider public


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. David M. Kipping
    Pages 1-23
  3. David M. Kipping
    Pages 25-35
  4. David M. Kipping
    Pages 37-56
  5. David M. Kipping
    Pages 57-91
  6. David M. Kipping
    Pages 93-126
  7. David M. Kipping
    Pages 127-164
  8. David M. Kipping
    Pages 183-189
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 191-200

About this book


Can we detect the moons of extrasolar planets? For two decades, astronomers have made enormous progress in the detection and characterisation of exoplanetary systems but the identification of an "exomoon" is notably absent.
In this thesis, David Kipping shows how transiting planets may be used to infer the presence of exomoons through deviations in the time and duration of the planetary eclipses. A detailed account of the transit model, potential distortions, and timing techniques is covered before the analytic forms for the timing
variations are derived. It is shown that habitable-zone exomoons above 0.2 Earth-masses are detectable with the Kepler space telescope using these new timing techniques.


Detecting moons Exomoons Exoplanets Extrasolar moons Extrasolar planets Habitable moons Kepler discoveries Transit timing Transiting planets

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Rm. P-348, Center for AstrophysicsHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophy.CambridgeUSA

About the authors

Dr. Kipping got his PhD in Astrophysics from University College London in 2011. He is Carl Sagan Fellow at Harvard College Observatory.

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