One of Ten Billion Earths by Karel Schrijver audiobook

One of Ten Billion Earths: How We Learn about Our Planet’s Past and Future from Distant Exoplanets

By Karel Schrijver
Read by Steve Menasche

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14.74 Hours Unabridged
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This book explores how the discoveries within the Solar System and of exoplanets far beyond it come together to help us understand the habitability of Earth, and how these findings guide the search for exoplanets that could support life. The author highlights how, within two decades of the discovery of the first planets outside the Solar System in the 1990s, scientists concluded that planets are so common that most stars are orbited by them. The lives of exoplanets and their stars are inextricably interwoven. Stars are the seeds around which planets form, and they provide light and warmth for as long as they shine. At the end of their lives, stars expel massive amounts of newly forged elements into deep space, and that ejected material is incorporated into subsequent generations of planets. How do we learn about these distant worlds? What does the exploration of other planets tell us about Earth? Can we find out what the distant future may have in store for us? What do we know about exoworlds and starbirth, and where do migrating hot Jupiters, polluted white dwarfs, and free-roaming nomad planets fit in? And what does all that have to do with the habitability of Earth, the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life, and the operation of the globe-spanning network of the sciences?

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This book explores how the discoveries within the Solar System and of exoplanets far beyond it come together to help us understand the habitability of Earth, and how these findings guide the search for exoplanets that could support life. The author highlights how, within two decades of the discovery of the first planets outside the Solar System in the 1990s, scientists concluded that planets are so common that most stars are orbited by them.

The lives of exoplanets and their stars are inextricably interwoven. Stars are the seeds around which planets form, and they provide light and warmth for as long as they shine. At the end of their lives, stars expel massive amounts of newly forged elements into deep space, and that ejected material is incorporated into subsequent generations of planets.

How do we learn about these distant worlds? What does the exploration of other planets tell us about Earth? Can we find out what the distant future may have in store for us? What do we know about exoworlds and starbirth, and where do migrating hot Jupiters, polluted white dwarfs, and free-roaming nomad planets fit in? And what does all that have to do with the habitability of Earth, the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life, and the operation of the globe-spanning network of the sciences?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Steve Menasche delivers the author’s concepts and explanations clearly, making for a lively lecture with occasional references to science fiction…The many things science has learned come together in an ending that will get listeners’ attention: a discussion of the possibilities of other life in our own solar system and the possible fates of planet Earth. AudioFile
“Schrijver’s lucid, fact-packed primer ranges over everything from the Goldilocks zone and stellar nurseries to disrupted exosystems and the vagaries of living on a pale blue dot.” Nature
“The book strikes a delicate balance between conveying complex ideas and remaining accessible to a non-technical reader.” Nature Astronomy
“ It is interesting to read at any point, owing also to the view on the subject from different angles, including historical, cultural, technical, and scientific aspects.” Contemporary Physics

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Author Bio: Karel Schrijver

Author Bio: Karel Schrijver

Karel Schrijver is a stellar astrophysicist who specializes in the study of the Sun and the space around it, stellar magnetism and its impacts on the environments of planets, and space weather. He was lead scientist and Principal Investigator on two of NASA’s scientific spacecraft studying the Sun: TRACE and the Solar Dynamics Observatory. He coauthored over 200 research publications and articles. He wrote a textbook on solar and stellar magnetism, was lead editor on the five-volume series of Heliophysics books, and coauthored a popular science book entitled Living with the Stars, about the connections between the human body, the Earth, the planets, and the stars.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 14.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English