Is Our Environment Special?

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


We are using our planet as the reference point for interpreting future observations of terrestrial exoplanets. However, our guide may turn out to be wrong if for some reason the Earth and its environment are exceptional. To gain some insight on this fundamental problem, in this last chapter we will discuss three basic questions for which we do not yet have complete answers: Is our Sun special? How common are the planetary systems such as our own? And finally, Is the Earth something unique?


Solar System Planetary System Giant Planet Terrestrial Planet Supernova Explosion 
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