Exoplanets pp 157-190 | Cite as

Exoplanets Revealed – What They Are Really Like

  • Chris Kitchin
Chapter
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

The characteristics, structures and constitutions of just the eight objects within the solar system now recognized as planets varies enormously – small/large – solid/gaseous – hot/cold – atmosphere/no atmosphere – rocky/icy – etc. When we add dwarf planets, asteroids, natural satellites, comets, Kuiper belt objects and the rest, the variety becomes truly amazing. Yet the solar system is just 1 of 400 now discovered planetary systems – most of which we already know to be quite different from our own neighbourhood.

Keywords

Titanium Nickel Methane Dust Convection 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Kitchin
    • 1
  1. 1.EssexUK

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