Extrasolar planets

  • I. Neill Reid
  • Suzanne L. Hawley
Part of the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences book series (PRAXIS)

Abstract

Many astronomical investigations are focused on addressing specific questions, providing incremental additions to the growing body of astrophysical knowledge. There are some issues, however, which have much wider ramifications. For example, observations of the binary pulsar PSR1913+16 provide stringent tests of general relativity [H7], [T1], while interest in the existence of brown dwarfs was stimulated by their possible contribution to dark matter and galaxy formation. No study resonates as strongly as the search for planetary systems amongst the stars in our Galaxy. This fascination, both lay and scientific, stems from the obvious link with questions concerning the existence of extraterrestial life and mankind’s place in the Universe.

Keywords

Vortex Migration Dust Convection Mercury 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Neill Reid
    • 1
  • Suzanne L. Hawley
    • 2
  1. 1.Formerly of Edinburgh UniversityEdinburghScotland
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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