EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 47, 2013Hot Planets and Cool Stars
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|25 April 2013
Lunar eclipses: Probing the atmosphere of an inhabited planet
ESA/ESTEC, PB 299, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
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The Moon's brightness during a lunar eclipse is indicative of the composition, cloudiness and aerosol loading of the Earth's atmosphere. The idea of using lunar eclipse observations to characterize the Earth's atmosphere is not new, but the interest raised by the prospects of discovering Earth-like exoplanets transiting their host stars has brought renewed attention to the method. We review some recent efforts made in the prediction and interpretation of lunar eclipses. We also comment on the contribution of the lunar eclipse theory to the refractive theory of planetary transits.
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