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One of Ten Billion Earths
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One of Ten Billion Earths: How we Learn about our Planet's Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

Karel Schrijver

Abstract

Illustrated with breathtaking images of the Solar System and of the Universe around it, this book explores how the discoveries within the Solar System and of distant exoplanets come together to aid understanding of the habitability of Earth, and how this guides the search for exoplanets that could support life. The author recounts how, within two decades of the discovery of the first planets outside the Solar System in the 1990s, scientists concluded that planets are so common that most stars are orbited by them. The twelve chapters highlight what we have learned about exoplanets and how the l ... More

Keywords: exoplanets, Solar System, space exploration, search for life, stars, habitable planets, planetary systems, life on Earth, history of Earth, planetary system evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198799894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198799894.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karel Schrijver, author
Astrophysicist, retired Senior Fellow at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA