Mirror Earth The Search for Our Planet's Twin

ISBN-10: 080277900X

ISBN-13: 9780802779007

Edition: 2012

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In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they detected three planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. The planets were nothing like Earth, however: They were giant gas balls like Jupiter or Saturn. More than five hundred planets have been found since then, yet none of them could support life.Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth. Science writer Michael D. Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, andMirror Earthunveils their passionate quest. Geoff Marcy, at the University of California, Berkeley, is the world’s most successful planet hunter, having found two of the first three extra-solar planets. Bill Borucki, at the NASA Ames Research Center, struggled for more than a decade to launch the Kepler mission—the only planet finder, human or machine, to beat Marcy’s record. David Charbonneau, at Harvard, realized that Earths would be much easier to find if he looked at tiny stars called M-dwarfs rather than stars like the Sun—and that he could use backyard telescopes to find them!Unlike those in other races, the competing scientists actually consult and cooperate with one another. But only one will be the first to find Earth’s twin.Mirror Earthis poised to narrate this historic event as the discovery is made.
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction
The Man Who Looked for Blinking Stars
The Man Who Looked for Wobbling Stars
Hot Jupiters: Who Ordered Those?
An Ancient Question
The Dwarf-Star Strategy
Imagining Alien Atmospheres
Invasion of the Female Exoplaneteers
Kepler Approved
Waiting for Launch
Kepler Scooped
"A 100 Percent Chance of Life"
The Kepler Era Begins
Beyond Kepler
How Many Earths?
What Does "Habitable" Really Mean?
A World Made of Rock, at Last
Astronomers in Paradise
Sara's Birthday Party
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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