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transit

(a celestial body passing between another and an observer)

A transit is the event of an astronomical body crossing between an observer and another astronomical body. Examples are transiting planets, such as Venus transiting across the Sun, any solar system planet crossing in front of a star, or an extra-solar planet crossing in front of its own star. Transits offer opportunities for useful measurement and study: transits of astronomical objects behind the Moon can be used to refine position information and transits of moons in front of Jupiter and Saturn have yielded useful data about the moons and the planets. The transit is sometimes referred to as the primary eclipse, if the secondary eclipse is also under discussion.

The transit method is one method of detecting exoplanets binary stars: detecting the magnitude variation of stars due to periodic transits. Transits are also useful for followup studies of exoplanets discovered by other means, particularly to determine its radius relative to its host star, to help estimate the planet's density.


The word transit is also used for an astronomical body crossing the field of view of an instrument such as a telescope. In the case of a transit telescope or a meridian circle, it would be a meridian transit, the astronomical body crossing the celestial meridian.


(astronomy,event type,transient type)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomical_transit

Referenced by pages:
brown dwarf (BD)
cadence
CHEOPS
COROT
differential spectroscopy
double transit
exoplanet eclipse light curve
eclipse mapping
ExoFOP
exosatellite
extra-solar planet
55 Cancri e (55 Cnc e)
GJ 1214 b
HD 209458 b
HD 80606 b
K2
light curve
Lupus Transit Survey
magma ocean
mass function
meridian circle
natural astronomical telescopes
NGTS
occultation
OGLE
phase angle
PLATO
radial velocity (RV)
Rossiter-McLaughlin effect (RM effect)
radial velocity method
secondary eclipse
sunspot
super-Earth
Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search (SWEEPS)
transient astronomy
transiting planet
transit method
transit spectroscopy
transit telescope
TRAPPIST
Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES)
transit timing variations (TTV)
WASP-33b
WASP-67b
water-ice planet
WFCAM Transit Survey (WTS)
XO Project

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