Twenty Worlds: The Extraordinary Story of Planets Around Other Stars

Twenty Worlds: The Extraordinary Story of Planets Around Other Stars

by Niall Deacon

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Overview

Thirty years ago, the only planets we knew were the ones orbiting our own sun; we now know of thousands of other worlds orbiting distant stars. In this book, astronomer Niall Deacon journeys to twenty of these globes: from giant, blisteringly hot planets orbiting close to their parent stars to planets that float through the cold wilderness of space alone, and from dead stars shredding asteroids to worlds made of diamond—and even planets that may be similar to the Earth. Deacon also takes in the latest exoplanet discoveries and explains how astronomers have come to learn so much about these strange and distant worlds. Twenty Worlds tells a sweeping story, of real planets around other stars, and it will fascinate a universe of fans of popular science and astronomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781789143386
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 09/17/2020
Series: Universe Series
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Niall Deacon is an astronomy researcher and writer and lives in Heidelberg, Germany. His research focuses on failed stars called brown dwarfs and giant planets orbiting other stars.

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