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Under a crimson sun : prospects for life in a red dwarf system, David S. Stevenson

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Under a crimson sun : prospects for life in a red dwarf system
Title
Under a crimson sun
Title remainder
prospects for life in a red dwarf system
Statement of responsibility
David S. Stevenson
Title variation
Prospects for life in a red dwarf system
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Gliese 581 is a red dwarf star some 20.3 light years from Earth. Red dwarfs are among the most numerous stars in the galaxy, and they sport diverse planetary systems. At magnitude 10, Gliese 581 is visible to amateur observers but does not stand out. So what makes this star so important? It is that professional observers have confirmed that it has at least four planets orbiting it, and in 2009, Planet d was described in the letters of The Astrophysical Journal as "the first confirmed exoplanet that could support Earth-like life." Under a Crimson Sun looks at the nature of red dwarf systems such as Gliese as potential homes for life. Realistically, what are prospects for life on these distant worlds? Could life evolve and survive there? How do these planetary surfaces and geology evolve? How would life on a red dwarf planet differ from life on Earth? And what are the implications for finding further habitable worlds in our galaxy? Stevenson provides readers with insight into the habitability of planets and how this changes as time progresses and the central star evolves. Explore with him in this engaging, fascinating book the possibilities for finding life, from bacteria to more complex and even intelligent organisms, on red dwarf system planets"--Back cover
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BTCTA
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1968-
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Stevenson, David S.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QH326
LC item number
.S74 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Series statement
Astronomers' Universe,
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  • Exobiology
  • Habitable planets
  • Red dwarf stars
  • Exobiology
  • Habitable planets
  • Red dwarf stars
Label
Under a crimson sun : prospects for life in a red dwarf system, David S. Stevenson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes index
Contents
The discovery of extraterrestrial worlds -- The formation of stars and planets -- Stellar evolution near the bottom of the main sequence -- The living planet -- The carbon dioxide connection -- Stability of habitable atmospheres on red dwarf worlds -- The development and sustenance of life -- Red dwarfs, PAR and the prospects for photosynthesis -- Gliese 581d : the first potentially habitable water-world discovered? -- The evolution on an earth-like world
Control code
843859278
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 324 p.
Isbn
9781461481324
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013944655
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)843859278
Label
Under a crimson sun : prospects for life in a red dwarf system, David S. Stevenson
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes index
Contents
The discovery of extraterrestrial worlds -- The formation of stars and planets -- Stellar evolution near the bottom of the main sequence -- The living planet -- The carbon dioxide connection -- Stability of habitable atmospheres on red dwarf worlds -- The development and sustenance of life -- Red dwarfs, PAR and the prospects for photosynthesis -- Gliese 581d : the first potentially habitable water-world discovered? -- The evolution on an earth-like world
Control code
843859278
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 324 p.
Isbn
9781461481324
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013944655
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)843859278

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