Mapping the Probability of Microlensing Detection of Extra-Solar Planets

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Molaverdikhani, Karan
Tabeshian, Maryam
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The growing rate of increase in the number of the discovered extra-solar planets which has consequently raised the enthusiasm to explore the universe in hope of finding earth-like planets has resulted in the wide use of Gravitational Microlensing as a planet detection method. However, until November 2009, only 9 out of the overall 405 discovered exoplanets have been detected through Microlensing, a fact which shows that this method is relatively new in the detection of extra-solar planets. Therefore, preparing a map of the sky which pinpoints the regions with higher probability of planet detection by this method and is drawn based on the available equipments and other regional factors would, indeed, help speed up the discovery of exoplanets. This paper provides calculations and reasoning to suggest looking toward two distinct regions in constellations Centaurus and Sagittarius in addition to the customary Galactic Bulge in the search for other habitable worlds.
Comment: 11 pages, 25 figures Presented in 59th International Astronautical Congress(IAC), 37th Symposium on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
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Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
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