The Search for Extra-Solar Terrestrial Planets: Techniques and Technology: Proceedings of a Conference held in Boulder, Colorado, May 14-17, 1995 / Edition 1

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This book contains the invited talks from the 1995 Boulder conference on the Search for Extra-Solar Planets. It describes the scientific basis, technological options, and programmatic implications of large-scale efforts to find and study Earth-like planets outside the Solar System, and is targeted at astronomers, planetary scientists, engineers, and graduate students. These are among the first papers in this rapidly expanding field, driven by the first discoveries of planetary companions to nearby stars and providing the current status of the search for extra-solar planets. What sort of objects are we looking for in planetary atmospheres and planetary-system architectures? What techniques are currently feasible, both from the ground and in space? How can interferometers be optimized to discern faint planets in the glare of their parent stars? The detection and study of Earth-like planets outside our Solar System will be one of the great scientific, technological, and philosophical events of our time, affecting our understanding of the Universe and the place of life within it.

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Forget measly comets and nearly invisible stars, astronomers are now looking at the possibility of having an entire habitable planet named after them. The 13 papers here were presented a few months before the first discoveries were confirmed, so discuss only techniques rather than results. The topics include planetary atmospheric evolution, how our solar system can and cannot help explain the formation of other planetary systems, astrometric searches, astronomy from space, ground- based interferometry, the Darwin Project, and public involvement. Reprinted from "Astrophysics and Space Science" vol. 241, no. 1 (1996). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792344742
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 3/31/1997
  • Edition description: Reprinted from ASTROPHYSICS AND SPACE SCIENCE, 241:1, 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; J.M. Shull, et al. Planetary Atmosphere Evolution: Do Other Habitable Planets Exist and Can we Detect Them? J.F. Kasting. Ways that Our Solar System Helps Us Understand the Formation of Other Planetary Systems and Ways that it Doesn't; G.W. Wetherill. Photometric Search for Extrasolar Planets; J. Schneider. Radial Velocity Searches for Other Planetary Systems: Current Status and Future Prospects; W.D. Cochran, A.P. Hatzes. Demonstration of Photon-Noise Limit in Stellar Radial Velocities; P. Connes, et al. Aspects of Astrometric Searches for Other Planetary Systems; H.A. McAlister. Astrometric Detection of Earth-Like Planets with OSI; M. Shao. Astrometry from Space: GAIA and Planet Detection; S. Casertano, et al. Ground-Based Interferometry; M. Shao. A Mission to Determine the Character and Frequency of Extra-Solar Planets Around Solar-Like Stars; W.J. Borucki, et al. The Darwin Project; A. L├ęger, et al. Public Involvement in Extra-Solar Planet Detection; P. Dasch. Index.

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