Exoplanets pp 157-190 | Cite as

Exoplanets Revealed – What They Are Really Like

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


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.


Titanium Nickel Methane Dust Convection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Kitchin
    • 1
  1. 1.EssexUK

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