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Radial velocity stability to spectrum shift calculation

I am engineer new to Astronomy and am trying to understand spec of an spectrograph (RV stability = 2m/s). There is a note in document saying "RV shift of 2 m/s is equivalent to a shift of the ...
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How to determine the time of periastron passage (T) of a single lined spectroscopic binary?

I am working on finding spectroscopic elements of a single lined spectroscopic binary. All I have is irregularly spaced radial velocity data which needs to be phase folded to plot a velocity curve (RV ...
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How to phase fold data when periodicity change is known as d$\omega$/d$t$?

How can I obtain a phase-folded phase - velocity diagramme from a time series of radial velocity data when it is known that the periodicity changes as $\frac{{d}\omega}{{d}t}$? Without $\frac{{d}\...
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How to calculate radial velocity from redshift? [duplicate]

Ok, I know the question sounds silly, but please hear me out (at the very end it will probably still be silly though, albeit maybe differently). I'm trying to create a visualization of the galactic ...
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Why histogram does not look like the Gaussian curve?

I have data consisting of radial velocities and times (covering about 10 000 days). The radial velocity changes with a period. I tried to find out the period using Stellingwerf's method (it was ...
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Determining masses from radial velocity curves of eclipsing binaries

Is the statement From radial velocities or astrometry for eclipsing binaries, one obtains masses. wrong, because only minimal masses can be obtained?
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Using masers to measure rotational velocity of a galaxy

When measuring the rotation velocity of a galaxy, most of the times we can only directly measure radial velocity, by looking at the redshift. I read in a lecture slide that some times it is possible ...
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derivation of binary mass function for eccentric orbit

When investigating methods to detect exoplanets, I learned about binary mass function(BMF) which could be applied to obtain radial velocity and the mass. I've derived BMF for a circular orbit, but I ...
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Radial velocities - wings and core

Why are radial velocities measured at the core and at wings of a line profile? I mean interactive measurement -- comparing the direct and flipped images of the line profiles. What is the difference of ...
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Star brightness data to study exoplanets with the transit method?

Can someone tell me how I can find the star brightness data to study exoplanet using transit method? The file should be in comma separated value (CSV) format or any other formats that can be latter ...
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Looking for a routine to correct for Local Standard of Rest (LSR)

I've been scanning the Milky Way with a Small Single Dish Radio Telescope, obtaining Spectral data with a Span of ~ 2 MHz, centered at the 21 cm line. With this information I can derive a relative ...
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Using the 'exoplanet' module to fit a radial velocity curve for a binary star system

As part of a project, I am trying to fit a radial velocity curve using the tutorial for the binary star system (EBLM J0608-59) My code is quite similar to the tutorial, but as it is only one body ...
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What are the challenges in finding Earth-like planets via the radial velocity method?

[I have re-asked this, because it was a good question by @Banyan, which was deleted whilst I was composing an answer.] Most exoplanets that are found by the radial velocity ("Doppler wobble")...
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Radial Velocity Graph and Rossiter Mclaughlin Effect

I am trying to understand the effect of the Rossiter–McLaughlin effect on radial velocity plots. Can someone help me and explain what exactly is happening in the red circle?
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What percentage of Earth-sized planets in a habitable zone can be detected by the radial velocity method?

What percentage of Earth-sized planets in a habitable zone can be detected by the radial velocity method? I understand that larger planets and closer planets are detected more easily; and I assume ...
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Cross-correlations between Lagrange and Fourier synthesis

In the context of forecast for large surveys, I have to make cross-correlations between 2D (with angular coordinates of Lagrange transformation for GC photometric and Weak Lensing) and 3D (Fourier ...
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Radial velocity exoplanet search - can mathematical details be explained? (Bayesian periodogram MCMC)

Radial velocity (RV) is one of main methods for exoplanet search. The popular description of the method sounds simple - one should measure periodic Doppler variation of a spectral line of a star and ...
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When graphing radial velocity measurements, whats the relationship between days and the orbital phase

I graphed the radial velocity measurements for various planets, however, I am able to calculate the RV and the phase but whats the translation between phase and days. I want it to be days vs RV.
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Computing radial-velocities from Cross Correlation data

How can I better fit a Gaussian curve to a CCF so that I get the most precise RV value? The image below shows the fitting where I compared the fitting by weighting by the uncertainties and not. There ...
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What does correcting for LSR mean in galactic velocities?

This is a two-part question, but both parts are related: I'm aware that modern astronomical software can correct velocities for the local standard of rest (LSR), but what does that really mean? As in,...
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Pair together light curve and radial velocity data of specified star

I would like to create a web application that works with light curves and radial velocities of stars with exoplanets. I found a NASA bulk data download with both light curves and radial velocities (it'...
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Is it possible that some of the confirmed exoplanets are in fact primordial black holes?

Recently astronomers discovered a black hole lying just 1000 light-years from Earth, in a triple star system (HR 6819) that can be seen with the naked eye. This discovery has increased the possibility ...
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Radial velocity curves

When I measure RV in a program for more spectral lines, will it be equivalent? I mean I measure RVs of a line in blue spectral region, RVs of a line in red spectral region... Many thanks.
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Wavelength and radial velocity

What is the relation between the wavelength and the radial velocity? I have a data: wavelength and intensity and I would like to plot intensity with respect to radial velocity - similarly as in the ...
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Is Earth's Surface "In orbit"?

I'm having trouble understanding relative angular/tangential speeds at increasing altitudes above Earth's surface. In particular, I find this comparison of tangential velocities on Wikipedia very ...
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How spectrographs that measure radial velocities manage to translate variations in the stars' spectrum lines into the "speed" of the star?

Like ESPRESSO or CARMENES, for example. I just don't understand the process or the way these spectrographs manage to obtain the velocity of the "wobble" of the star (due to the presence of another ...
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How does one calculate inclination from a graph of radial velocity?

If a binary star system has a non-zero inclination, how would that show up in a graph of radial velocity? How could I then extract the inclination from the graph?
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Doppler Spectroscopy - Finding mass of an exoplanet

An astronomer, T observed the spectrum of a distant star X. The spectral lines were observed to have tiny blueshifts and redshifts regularly with a period of 1.27 years. T concluded that the star is ...
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Why is it impossible to estimate the inclination of an exoplanet with the Radial Velocity Method?

The formula of the radial velocity is: $$v_i= V - K(\sin(f_i+\omega)\ + e\sin\omega),$$ with $$K = \frac{m_p}{m_s+m_p}\frac{na\sin i}{\sqrt{1-e^2}}.$$ Being $V$the systematic velocity of the system, ...
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Calculate the orbital phase when plotting the Radial Velocity data of a transitting exoplanet

I'm not quite sure how I find the orbital phase ($\phi$) of a transitting exoplanet. For example, I have this RV data in this article: First of all, I don't know how that phase or "cycles" is ...
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How are exoplanets with 10,000 day periods discovered with the radial velocity method?

The radial velocity technique has apparently been used to discover exoplanets with extremely long orbital periods of ~10,000 days. For example, see this link: https://exoplanetarchive.ipac.caltech....
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Plotting GAIA barycentric radial velocity data with python

Does anybody know of a good tutorial on how to use python and astropy to generate plots of GAIA, RAVE or any other database of barycentric (heliocentric) radial velocity data of stars in our galaxy? ...
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Radial Velocity Clarification Sought

According to Google, radial velocity is "the velocity of a star or other body along the line of sight of an observer". The radial velocity of Sirius according to Google is −5.50 km/s. If the ...
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