The Architecture of Exoplanetary Systems



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Abstract

The basic geometry of the Solar System - the shapes, spacings, and

orientations of the planetary orbits - has long been a subject of

fascination as well as inspiration for planet-formation theories. For

exoplanetary systems, those same properties have only recently come

into focus. I will review our current knowledge of the occurrence of

planets around other stars, their orbital distances and

eccentricities, the orbital spacings and mutual inclinations in

multiplanet systems, the orientation of the host star's rotation axis,

and the properties of planets in binary-star systems. I will also

discuss opportunities to improve our understanding, with data from the

recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.