Astronomers discover planets outside our solar system by detecting the "wobble" in
the star that the planet orbits. Use the simulation below to understand why a star
"wobbles" due to the orbit of a planet. Consider the relative mass difference
between a planet and star in your explanation. For instance, set the mass ratio=100 and the
initial speed of the planet = 0.4 x 106 m/s for a nice illustration of the
"wobble" of the star.
If the mass ratio is 100, what is the mass of the star? (Hint: consider conservation of
energy.) The coordinates of the animation are given in units of Mm or 1 x 106
m. You may have to adjust the time step in the animation to display the best animation.
v0y,planet= *(106) m/s
animation time step, dt,