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One of Ten Billion EarthsHow we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets$
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Karel Schrijver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198799894

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198799894.001.0001

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The Long View of Planetary Systems

The Long View of Planetary Systems

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One of Ten Billion Earths

Karel Schrijver

Oxford University Press

How many planetary systems formed before our’s did, and how many will form after? How old is the average exoplanet in the Galaxy? When did the earliest planets start forming? How different are the ages of terrestrial and giant planets? And, ultimately, what will the fate be of our Solar System, of the Milky Way Galaxy, and of the Universe around us? We cannot know the fate of individual exoplanets with great certainty, but based on population statistics this chapter sketches the past, present, and future of exoworlds and of our Earth in general terms.

Keywords:   exosystem statistics, ages of exoplanets, Solar System’s future, galactic collision

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