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Planets: Planetary Systems (1) (Volume 1)

Astrid Z Ohlmeier

ISBN 10: 1492721972 / ISBN 13: 9781492721970
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
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Title: Planets: Planetary Systems (1) (Volume 1)

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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I describe in general term what is known about particular planets, beginning with the solar system. The radius, atmosphere, magnetosphere, temperature and composition of each planet are clarified, including the number of moons. This will provide a better understanding regarding the nature of planets outside the solar system or extra-solar planets. Planets of other systems are very difficult to detect and to observe due to their bright stars. The first planetary system was observed in 1989 using the radial velocity method. This is an indirect method for finding planets from radial-velocity measurements via observation of Doppler shifts in the spectrum of the planet's parent star. Astronomers use several other methods, which are briefly described. In March 2009 the Kepler Space Telescope was launched and has found hundreds of possible planets. A total of 710 planetary systems, including 142 multiple planetary systems have been identified over the years. Most planetary systems contain gas giants like Jupiter and much larger. The confirmation of planets like Neptune is documented including planets similar to Earth with a rocky surface, liquid water and an atmosphere. In fact, 262 habitable planets have been confirmed. Soon or later habitable planets with life, including intelligent life will be introduced, as the next NASA mission is planned in 2016. The motivations and concerns of well-known Scientists are described.

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The Author was born in West Germany and relocated to United Kingdom in 1987. Her interest in the Universe began in 1990 from books and TV documentations. She studied Astronomy & Planetary Science at Milton Keynes University and received her degree in 2001. As a member of Astronomical Associations and Societies, the Author takes part in conferences, lectured on the Quantum Theory of Black Holes, Neutron Stars and Planets. Current research revolves around Planetary Systems and data processing of Variable Stars. Up-to-date information is a high priority as NASA’s planetary mission ended in 2013. Next mission is planned in 2016.

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