Transiting planetary systems are those with multiple planets in orbital planes along the line of sight between their star and Earth. The transit method is one of the most successful Earth-centric observation methods. The Kepler mission was designed to discover systems of this type and has found numerous candidate systems. Kepler 11 is a prominent example of a transiting system in which multiple simultaneous planetary transits have been observed.
Transiting systems can be studied to not only discover planets, but through Astronomical spectroscopy and Transit timing effects accurately analyse the properties of the systems including the detection of extraterrestrial atmospheres, dust or asteroid belts and possibly natural satellites.
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