Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System
By: Michael E. Summers, James TrefilThe past few years have seen an incredible explosion in our knowledge of the universe. Since its 2009 launch, the Kepler satellite has discovered more than two thousand exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system.
More exoplanets are being discovered all the time, and even more remarkable than the sheer number of exoplanets is their variety.
In Exoplanets, astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space.
This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the incredible richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms.
In short, we have to change how we think about the universe and our place in it, because it is stranger and more interesting than we could have imagined.
ASIN : B01HA426MS
Publisher : Smithsonian Books (March 14, 2017)
Publication date : March 14, 2017
Language : English
File size : EPUB 78054 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
X-Ray : Not Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 206 pages