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Mirror Earth [electronic Resource]

The Search For Our Planet's Twin

By Michael D. Lemonick, 1953-

In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they began to find planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. More than eight hundred planets have been found since then, yet none of them is anything like Earth and none could support life.

Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth. Science writer Michael Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, and Mirror Earth unveils their passionate quest. Unlike competitors in other races, Geoff Marcy, Bill Borucki, David Charbonneau, Sara Seager, and others actually consult and cooperate with one another. But only one will be the first to find Earth’s twin. Mirror Earth tells the story of their competition.

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2012

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9780802779021


Format: Ebook
Author: Lemonick, Michael D., 1953-
Summary: "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, and Mirror Earth unveils 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 Earth is poised to narrate this historic event as the discovery is made"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Mirror Earth [electronic resource] : the search for our planet's twin / Michael D. Lemonick.
Publisher Date: New York : Walker, 2012.
Subject: Extrasolar planets Planetology SCIENCE / Astronomy. Earth (Planet)
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Format: Ebook
Author: Lemonick, Michael D., 1953-
Summary: "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, and Mirror Earth unveils 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 Earth is poised to narrate this historic event as the discovery is made"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Mirror Earth [electronic resource] : the search for our planet's twin / Michael D. Lemonick.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Walker, 2012.
Description: 1 online resource.
Subjects: Extrasolar planets
Subjects: Planetology
Subjects: SCIENCE / Astronomy.
Subjects: Earth (Planet)
Genre: Electronic books.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Notes: Description based on print version record.
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