The Worlds Out There

  • M. Vázquez
  • E. Pallé
  • P. Montañés Rodríguez
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


A planet is one of the possible byproducts accompanying the formation of a star. In this chapter, we define first what we mean by ‘planet’ and describe the main types of bodies found in our solar system. The four rocky planets show us a relatively wide range of physical conditions that may be present on a terrestrial-type planet. However, nature offers us a broad range of possibilities as well, and so we can describe potential worlds that may be discovered in future surveys when looking for Earth-like planets, some of which already have observational evidence. Finally, we also comment on the terraformation process.


Solar System Giant Planet Terrestrial Planet Rock Mass Fraction Kuiper Belt 
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  1. 1.Instituto de Astrofísica de CanariasTenerifeSpain

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