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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence$
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David Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680207

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680207.001.0001

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The Daily Planet

The Daily Planet

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Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

David Wilkinson

Oxford University Press

The recent history of observation of extra-solar planets is explored, from early results in the mid-1990s to the most recent work of Kepler and HARPS. The different methods of radial velocity, transit, and gravitational lensing are explained. Specific examples of planets in the habitable zone and planets that are ‘super-Earths’ are discussed. The conditions necessary for an Earth-like planet are shown to be possible. The future of extra-solar planetary astronomy is reviewed, and prospects are assessed.

Keywords:   extra-solar planets, radial velocity method, transit method, gravitational lensing method, planetary formation, super-Earths, habitable zone

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