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Strange new worlds : the search for alien planets and life beyond our solar system

Author: Ray Jayawardhana
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astronomer Ray Jayawardhana discusses the scientific quest to discover other planets and life in the universe, describing breakthroughs into the early twenty-first century, and examining the tools and technology available to scientists seeking life on other worlds.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Jayawardhana
ISBN: 9780691142548 0691142548
OCLC Number: 679940684
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2011.
Description: 255 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Quest for other worlds : the exciting times we live in --
Planets from dust : unraveling the birth of solar systems --
A wobbly start : false starts and death star planets --
Planet bounty : hot Jupiters and other surprises --
Flickers and shadows : more ways to find planets --
Blurring boundaries : neither stars nor planets --
A picture's worth : images of distant worlds --
Alien earths : in search of wet, rocky habitats --
Signs of life : how will we find E.T.?
Responsibility: Ray Jayawardhana.

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