Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems e-book
by Ken Croswell
I found this book to be both informative and enjoyable to read
I found this book to be both informative and enjoyable to read. It also details the theories and theorists that made predictions long before observations of these small bodies was possible.
Originally published: New York : Free Press, 1997. Includes bibliographical references (pages 292-312) and index. Astronomers confirmed the existence of planets outside our own solar system relatively recently-in 1992. Their long-anticipated discovery was hardly a surprise, but was quite a while in coming. Nobody has found an Earth-like world that is able to sustain life as we know it, but it seems only a matter of time before that happens.
The discovery of this planet was quickly followed by another, found quietly wending its way around the star 47 Ursae Majoris, and within two years we reached a grand total of seven known alien solar systems in the universe. Another system, yet to be confirmed, lies a mere eight light years from Earth.
Anybody with an interest in the possibilities of life elsewhere must read this book.
In 1995, after decades of intense scientific investigation. Every day seems to bring us closer to finding an Earthlike planet, perhaps harbouring life, and the resolution to the grandest human mystery of all: are we alone? Now astronomer and internationally acclaimed author Ken Croswell has written the definitive guide tothe culmination of the scientific revolution that began with Copernicus.
Ken Croswell is an astronomer and author living in Berkeley, California. New York: Anchor Books. Planet quest : the epic discovery of alien solar systems. Oxford University Press. Essays and reporting. His first degree, from Washington University in St. Louis, mixed science and wider interests, majoring in physics and minoring in English literature. He also got a PhD in astronomy from Harvard University for studying the Milky Way's halo. He is also the author of six books on astronomy, including The Alchemy of the Heavens and Planet Quest, and often reports on the radio program the John Batchelor Show. Croswell, Ken (April 2013).
A new era in the exploration of the universe has begun.
PDF On Jan 1, 1998, Ken Croswell and others published Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of. .
Given constraints from these observations, we describe a scenario for the formation of our own solar system.
By: Ken Croswell(Author). 336 pages, 8pp b/w plates, line illus, tabs. 1. A good planet is hard to find; 2. A living solar system; 3. The Sun's distant outpost; 4. Planet X; 5. A shaky start; 6. Vega: Reflections of starlight; 7. Brown dwarfs; 8. Impossible planets; 9. Thanks, Jupiter; 10. Publisher: Oxford University Press.
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