Front and Top Views

Note: Objects are not to scale in the default view.

 

Note: The size of the Earth in the Earth view is not to scale.

Since planets are too small to directly observe most of the time, scientists must use other methods to detect them. One such method is the transit method, where scientists observe the decreases in perceived light coming from a star caused by the planet blocking the star's light. Check out different views of the planet's orbit to find out when the star's light would be blocked by the planet.