Earths of Distant Suns

How We Find Them, Communicate with Them, and Maybe Even Travel There

  • Michael Carroll

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


Based on the latest missions results and supported by commissioned artwork, this book explores the possible lessons we may learn from exoplanets. As the number of known Earth-like objects grows significantly, the author explores what is known about the growing roster of "pale blue dots" far afield. Aided by an increased sensitivity of the existing observatories, recent discoveries by Keck, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Kepler are examined. These findings, once thought to be closer to the realm of science fiction, have fired the imaginations of the general public as well as scientists.

All of us are mesmerized by the possibility of other Earth-like worlds out there. Author Michael Carroll asks the tough questions of what the expected gain is from identifying these Earth analogs spread across the Universe and the reasons for studying them. Potentially, they could teach us about our own climate and Solar System. Also explored are the more remote options of communication between or even travel to these distant yet perhaps not so dissimilar worlds.


Exobiology research 'Blue dot' search results Exoplanets suitable for life Earthlike planets in universe Kepler exoplanet results Existence of other earths Goldilocks zone Super Earths Earth analogs

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Carroll
    • 1
  1. 1.LittletonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Copernicus, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43963-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43964-8
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