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What's the difference between an exoplanetary transit and eclipse?

By asking if a planet can be bigger than its star, are you asking if a planet can be more massive than its star or can a planet have a larger radius and volume than its star? Part One: The relative ...
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What's the difference between an exoplanetary transit and eclipse?

If the star is a white dwarf, neutron star or black hole, this would be easily possible. But I don't think that this is what the OP intents. As far as I know, there are indeed puffy hot Jupiters that ...
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What's the difference between an exoplanetary transit and eclipse?

You're not interpreting it right. The transit is when the planet gets between the star and us. Stars are usually larger than planets, so transits are usually seen as a small dip in the light of the ...
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What's the difference between an exoplanetary transit and eclipse?

A star usually is larger than its planet, and that's what they refer to in this instance. Further in the text they explain that they mean the star eclipsing the planet: An eclipse occurs when an ...
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