Exoplanets

Exoplanets

Diamonds Worlds, Super-Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

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The past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety. In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms. In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781588345943
1588345947
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 523.24 Sum
Additional Contributors: Trefil, James 1938-

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patcarstensen
Jul 19, 2017

The authors do a good job of navigating between glibly sailing past the complexities of science and burying the reader in them. They can't answer the question of when we might be invaded by aliens, but this is way more fun the 9th grade Earth Science.

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