51 Pegasi B Research Paper

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Discovery of 51 Pegasi B In October 1995, a discovery was made by Michael Mayor and Didier Queloz that rocked the foundations of the professional planet seeking world. This discovery was that of a planet, 51 Pegasi B. My paper will focus on the path that two Geneva based astronomers took in discovering the existence of 51 Pegasi B. As the first men to find a planet that rotated so close to a star, they challenged the existing notions that planets could not exist in such close proximities to planets. Their discovery prompted astronomers around the world to look in places where planets were not found to exist and allowed us to further examine how a planet can exist at such extreme temperatures. The methods and thought processes by Mayor and Queloz are essential in…show more content…
Both briefly touched on the discovery and then focused on more on the American astrologists that confirmed the findings and found some planets of their own. These articles mostly started my look into the subject and will give some brief information, but I also find others that dive more into the topic. By using articles by Walker, Burrows, and Lunine, I will examine the initial reaction of the scientific community in 1995 to this discovery and discuss some of the more technical aspects of 51 Pegasi B. I find it quite interesting how a planet can still exist so close to a sun and with surface temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees Kelvin. This extreme survivability of 51 Pegasi B was thought to not be possible until its discovery, and now has astronomers rethinking the bases of their planetary understanding. The origin of 51 Pegasi B is also an extremely interesting story, as it is hard to believe that a planet could form so close to a star. An article from The Science Teacher published in 1996 will be used to examine the theories of origin proposed at the time of the
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