Rajat

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Exoplanets or planets orbiting other stars like are Sun are under intense focus. One of the methods to look for planets orbiting the star is to look for relative dip in intensity of light from the star which will dip as the planet passes in front of it. The Kepler space telescope has been most used to investigate exoplanets in the search for habitable planets and life in the universe. In this particular example I look at the star WASP43 which has been found to have a Jupiter like planet known as "hot" Jupiter ( with a 1.8 times mass) because it orbits very close to the star with an orbital period of only 0.81 days. This data was collected over a 12 hour period yielding a distinct V shape corresponding to the transit of the hot Jupiter like planet transiting in front of WASP 43. The shaded portion represents the predicted transit period, the red dots are the reference points and the black dots represented the data captured by me. WASP 43 is 80 parsecs or about 260 light years away from the Earth.