The Resource Exoplanets : hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life, Donald Goldsmith

Exoplanets : hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life, Donald Goldsmith

Label
Exoplanets : hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life
Title
Exoplanets
Title remainder
hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life
Statement of responsibility
Donald Goldsmith
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Using a variety of innovative techniques, astronomers have recently discovered thousands of planets that orbit stars throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Donald Goldsmith presents the science of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life in a way that Earthlings with little background in astronomy or astrophysics can understand and enjoy. Much of what has captured the imagination of planetary scientists and the public at large is the unexpected strangeness of these distant worlds, which bear little resemblance to the planets in our solar system. The sizes, masses, and orbits of exoplanets detected so far raise new, unanswered questions about how planets form and evolve. Still more tantalizing are the efforts to determine which exoplanets might support life. Astronomers are steadily improving their means of examining planets' atmospheres and surfaces, with the help of advanced spacecraft sent into orbits a million miles from Earth to obtain finer views of the cosmos. These instruments will provide better observations of planetary systems in orbit around the dim red stars that throng the Milky Way. Previously spurned as too faint to support life, these cool stars turn out to possess myriad planets that nestle sufficiently close to maintain Earthlike temperatures. The quest to find other worlds brims with possibility. Exoplanets shows how astronomers have already broadened our planetary horizons, and tells us what may come next, including the ultimate discovery: life beyond our home planet.--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Goldsmith, Donald
Dewey number
523.2/4
Index
index present
LC call number
QB820
LC item number
.G64 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Life on other planets
Label
Exoplanets : hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life, Donald Goldsmith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The long search for other solar systems -- Cosmic distances -- Early quests for exoplanets -- The breakthrough: measuring radial velocity precisely -- Finding exoplanets by their transits -- Directly observing exoplanets -- Detecting planets with Einstein's lens -- Two minor methods for finding exoplanets -- A gallery of strange new planets -- What have we learned? -- How planets form with their stars -- Habitable planets and the search for life -- Future approaches to hunting exoplanets -- Proxima calls: can we visit?
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780674976900
Lccn
2018005407
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (DLC) 2018005407
  • 1806916
Label
Exoplanets : hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life, Donald Goldsmith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The long search for other solar systems -- Cosmic distances -- Early quests for exoplanets -- The breakthrough: measuring radial velocity precisely -- Finding exoplanets by their transits -- Directly observing exoplanets -- Detecting planets with Einstein's lens -- Two minor methods for finding exoplanets -- A gallery of strange new planets -- What have we learned? -- How planets form with their stars -- Habitable planets and the search for life -- Future approaches to hunting exoplanets -- Proxima calls: can we visit?
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780674976900
Lccn
2018005407
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (DLC) 2018005407
  • 1806916

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