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What is a Transiting Exoplanet?

A transiting exoplanet is a planet (outside our solar system) whose orbital motion is oreinted in such a way that observers on Earth will see the planet periodicly eclipse it's parent star, blocking a tiny fraction of the light from the star.

Some well-known tranisiting exoplanets are CoRoT-7 b, GJ 1214 b, GJ 436 b, HD 189733 b, HD 209458 b, to name just a few.

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