mass of extra-solar planet from M, r and R

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mass of extra-solar planet from M, r and R
Variable Instructions Datatype
Mass of star Decimal (kg)
Distance to planet Decimal (m)
Distance to star Decimal (m)
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Equation
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vCommons
Contents
3 variables
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If you know the mass of a star, and the orbital speed of the star and the planet, you can compute the mass of the planet using the fact that the total momentum is zero in the center of mass frame. This formula computes the mass of the planet using the mass of the star, and the two known speeds.