The Solar System as a Benchmark for Exoplanet Systems Interpretation

  • Pilar Montañés-RodríguezEmail author
  • Enric Pallé
Reference work entry


For hundreds of years, the Solar System and its planetary bodies were the only example in which to base our models of planet formation and evolution. With the discovery of exoplanets, a much greater diversity of planetary types and system architectures have been uncovered. Nevertheless, the Solar System planets remain our best test bed to understand planetary physics and interpret low signal-to-noise exoplanetary observations. Here, we put the Solar System planets in context to the broader planetary population in our galaxy and detail the several observations of our Solar System planets that have been performed with the goal of observing them as exoplanets. We pay special attention to the only planet known to host life in our galaxy so far, the Earth.



This work is partly financed by the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness through projects ESP2014-57495-C2-1-R and ESP2016-80435-C2-2-R.


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  1. 1.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasLa LagunaSpain

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