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Habitability and Cosmic Catastrophes

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  • Intermediate student's level treating concisely

  • The astrophysical aspects of habitabilty of planets

  • The influence of cosmic catastrophes on evolution

  • With introductory chapters on biological and chemical properties of life

  • Topic of high public interest

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics (ASTROBIO)

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XIV
  2. Habitable zones

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 1-28
  3. Properties and Environments of Life

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 29-54
  4. Stars and Galaxies

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 55-79
  5. Planetary Systems

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 81-122
  6. Catastrophes in Our Solar System?

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 123-156
  7. Catastrophes in Extrasolar Planetary Systems?

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 157-168
  8. The Solar Neighborhood

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 169-185
  9. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 187-208
  10. Appendix

    • Arnold Hanslmeier
    Pages 209-225
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 227-248

About this book

The solar system has a rather well-known history. Looking at the present situation, one might get the impression that it was a rather stable and well-defined system: the orbits of the planets appear to be stable, climate and atmospheres on the planets have been determined, the risk of collision with other bodies (comets, asteroids, meteorites) seems to be small. However it is known today that the evolution of life on Earth was neither a steady progression nor uniform. There were several periods of mass extinction. These catastrophic events played a crucial role in the rise of new species. Events of astrophysical origin include:

• Asteroid impacts
• Major solar variabilty (space weather)
• Nearby supernovae
• The passage of the solar system through dense interstellar clouds

Catastrophic cosmic events of this type appear in the range of some 100 million years. The author discusses whether and how such events could have occurred in the solar system as well as in recently found extrasolar planetary systems.

In this text, which addresses readers in the field of Astrophysics and Astrobiology but also Geophysics and Biology these cosmic catastrophic events are described at an intermediate student's level.

Keywords

  • Cosmic catastrophes
  • Extra Solar Planets
  • Extraterrestrial life
  • Habitability
  • Planet
  • Planetary system
  • Solar System
  • Space Weather
  • Sun:Variation
  • astrobiology
  • astrophysics
  • extremophile
  • solar
  • climate change

Reviews

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"Habitability and Cosmic Catastrophes, part of the ‘Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics’ series, is an interesting read. Hanslmeier … provides information that spans numerous disciplines, from solar and galactic astrophysics and geology to biology. The book’s reach is tremendous: attempting to assess the risk to life from various cosmic catastrophes that range from supernovae to asteroid collisions and almost everything in between. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (E. S. Perlman, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), 2009)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Univ. Graz, Inst. Astronomie Universitätsplatz 5, Austria

    Arnold Hanslmeier

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USD 119.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-540-76945-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)