Q&A: Chandra Mission
Could Chandra determine if there are planets around the closest
(or not closest) stars? Could the heavy objects be detected
around the stars, if the resolution allows, by showing an
asymmetric mass distribution around that star? Could the planets
surrounding a star be detected if they overlap an X-ray
background (coming from other objects) so they could be seen as
pieces of matter obstructing the X-ray source?
Such an effect of showing an asymmetric mass distribution around
the star would be very small. The only hope would be to use
variations in the spectrum, as discussed above.
Overlap obstruction would also have a very small effect. For a
Jupiter sized source around the nearest star, any obstructing
effect would be a thousand times smaller than Chandra could