Twenty Worlds

The Extraordinary Story of Planets Around Other Stars

Niall Deacon

Twenty Worlds

Niall Deacon

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216 pages | 27 color plates, 4 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Cloth $22.50 ISBN: 9781789143386 Published September 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Thirty years ago, the only planets we knew were the ones orbiting our own sun; we now know of thousands of other worlds orbiting distant stars. In this book, astronomer Niall Deacon journeys to twenty of these globes: from giant, blisteringly hot planets orbiting close to their parent stars to planets that float through the cold wilderness of space alone, and from dead stars shredding asteroids to worlds made of diamond—and even planets that may be similar to the Earth. Deacon also takes in the latest exoplanet discoveries and explains how astronomers have come to learn so much about these strange and distant worlds. Twenty Worlds tells a sweeping story, of real planets around other stars, and it will fascinate a universe of fans of popular science and astronomy.
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Michael E. Summers, professor of planetary sciences and astronomy, George Mason University
"A wonderfully enjoyable tour of twenty diverse worlds that orbit distant stars. Deacon uses simple ideas from science to show us how each world has its own personality—its own story. Twenty Worlds is an accessible introduction to some of the most exciting discoveries in astronomy."
BBC Sky at Night Magazine
"This is the perfect book to introduce exoplanet science. . . . But Twenty Worlds is not really for those who want to find out more about any one of the planets covered. Rather it reveals what each of them represents to the field in general. Its real value is in the analogies that Deacon uses to clarify difficult and complex exoplanetary scientific methods to the reader. Nowhere will you find a more descriptive book to understand the processes used to learn about the existence of these worlds. Five stars."
Popular Science (UK)
"This is a truly entertaining and informative book, but the reason I’m giving it the full five stars has as much to do with the refreshing novelty of the author’s style as anything else. There’s novelty in the subject-matter too—the wide variety of recently discovered exoplanets orbiting other stars. . . . He’s a professional astronomer too, though you wouldn’t guess that from his writing style, which is as straightforward and lucid as science writing gets."
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