flash animation

Radial Velocity Curve

Shown an animation of a planet and star orbiting their center of mass, the student is asked to determine which point on a corresponding radial velocity curve of the system corresponds to the position of the star/planet in the orbit from the Earth's vantage point.

keywords: radial velocity, center of mass

swf file: ca_extrasolarplanets_radialvelocitycurve.swf