In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they began to find planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. More than eight hundred planets have been found since then, yet none of them is anything like Earth and none could support life.
Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth. Science writer Michael Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, and Mirror Earth unveils their passionate quest. Unlike competitors in other races, Geoff Marcy, Bill Borucki, David Charbonneau, Sara Seager, and others actually consult and cooperate with one another. But only one will be the first to find Earth's twin. Mirror Earth tells the story of their competition.
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About the Author
Michael D. Lemonick has written more than fifty Time magazine cover stories on science, and has been published in Discover, Wired, and Scientific American. He is the author of four books, most recently Echo of the Big Bang and The Georgian Star, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Man Who Looked for Blinking Stars 9
Chapter 2 The Man Who Looked for Wobbling Stars 29
Chapter 3 Hot Jupiters: Who Ordered Those? 43
Chapter 4 An Ancient Question 62
Chapter 5 The Dwarf-Star Strategy 81
Chapter 6 Imagining Alien Atmospheres 98
Chapter 7 Invasion of the Female Exoplaneteers 113
Chapter 8 Kepler Approved 132
Chapter 9 Waiting for Launch 145
Chapter 10 Kepler Scooped 162
Chapter 11 "A 100 Percent Chance of Life" 178
Chapter 12 The Kepler Era Begins 191
Chapter 13 Beyond Kepler 200
Chapter 14 How Many Earths? 215
Chapter 15 What Does "Habitable" Really Mean? 231
Chapter 16 A World Made of Rock, at Last 245
Chapter 17 Astronomers in Paradise 256
Chapter 18 Sara's Birthday Party 269