Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

The Earth as a Distant Planet

A Rosetta Stone for the Search of Earth-Like Worlds

Authors: Vázquez, M., Pallé, E., Montañés Rodríguez, P.

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  • Provides a guide for the remote detection of life on other planets
  • Presents an updated perspective of our planet as seen from outer space
  • Establishes the Earth-Exoplanets connection and its value for a better understanding of our own planet as well as other planets beyond the solar system
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About this book

Is the Earth, in some way, special? Or is our planet but one of the millions of other inhabited planets within our galaxy? This is an exciting time to be asking this old question, because for the first time in history, the answer is within reach. In The Earth as a Distant Planet, the authors set themselves as external observers of our Solar System from an astronomical distance.

From that perspective, the authors describe how the Earth, the third planet in distance to the central star, can be catalogued as having its own unique features and as capable of sustaining life. The knowledge gained from this original perspective is then applied to the ongoing search for planets outside the solar system, or exoplanets.

Since the discovery in 1992 of the first exoplanet, the number of known planets has increased exponentially. Ambitious space missions are already being designed for the characterization of their atmospheres and to explore the possibility that they host life. The exploration of Earth and the rest of the rocky planets in our Solar System will help us in classifying and understanding the multiplicity of planetary systems that exist in our galaxy. In time, statistics on the formation and evolution of exoplanets will be available and will provide vital information for solving some of the unanswered questions about the formation, as well as the evolution, of our own world.

The authors provide an introductory but also very much up-to-date referenced text, making this book useful not only for the layman, but also for researchers and advanced students in Astrophysics and Earth Sciences.

About the authors

The authors are researchers at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. M. Vázquez is also author of Ultraviolet Radiation in the Solar System and The Sun Recorded Through History.

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“This very up-to-date book stresses the importance that future studies of the Earth will bring to our quest to discover life around extrasolar planets. … The book is also an excellent reference source for researchers interested in detailed summary descriptions of the Earth and its role in the search for extraterrestrial life and other planets. Includes striking color pictures, graphs, and figures; extensive end-of-chapter references; a list of acronyms and units; and a four-page index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; general audiences.” (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 48 (3), November, 2010)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Earth as a Distant Planet
Book Subtitle
A Rosetta Stone for the Search of Earth-Like Worlds
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-1684-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-1684-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-1683-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5060-7
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 422
Topics