Extrasolar Planets

A Catalog of Discoveries in Other Star Systems


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About the Book

Astronomers have long looked in vain for evidence of worlds orbiting other stars, but technological advances have made such discoveries far more regular. Several teams continuously work on the planet search using a variety of techniques and equipment; as a result, we know of 161 planetary candidates in 135 star systems, from 8.25 to 9,000 light-years from Earth.
This work summarizes information on all the extrasolar planets discovered. Each planet is described in as much detail as is available with graphs indicating how the planet orbits its primary. Details on the primary are given. Additionally, the boundaries of the habitability zone around each star are plotted, and information about the likelihood of terrestrial planets existing in each system is provided.
Five appendices are included on such topics as withdrawn and tentative discoveries, the constellations, and masses and orbital characteristics of extrasolar planets.

About the Author(s)

Writer Terry L. Kepner lives in Bennington, New Hampshire.

Bibliographic Details

Terry L. Kepner
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 206
Bibliographic Info: 143 diagrams, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2005
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2405-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0911-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      5

How to Use This Book      7

Planetary Discoveries      35

Appendix A: Withdrawn Discoveries      171

Appendix B: Tentative Discoveries      173

Appendix C: The Constellations      177

Appendix D: Masses and Orbital Characteristics of Extrasolar Planets      180

References      187

Bibliography      191

Index      195

Book Reviews & Awards

“fascinating”—ARBA; “superbly written”—Midwest Book Review.