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Astrophysics of Life : Proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland May 6-9, 2002 - Mario Livio

Astrophysics of Life

Proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland May 6-9, 2002

By: Mario Livio (Editor), I. Neill Reid (Editor), William B. Sparks (Editor)


Published: 3rd March 2011
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Astrobiology is one of the hottest areas of current research, reflecting not only impressive advances in the understanding of the origin of life but also the discovery of over 100 extrasolar planets in recent years. This volume is based on a meeting held in 2002 at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which aimed to lay the astrophysical groundwork for locating habitable places in the Universe. Written by leading scientists in the field, it covers a range of topics relevant to the search for life in the Universe, including: cosmology and its implications for the emergence of life, the habitable zone in the Milky Way Galaxy, the formation of stars and planets, the study of interstellar and interplanetary matter, searches for extrasolar planets, the synthesis of organic material in space, and spectroscopic signatures that could be used to detect life. This is an invaluable resource for both professional researchers and graduate students.

Review of the hardback: '... this is a rewarding read, the articles being very well written and inspiring.' The Observatory
Review of the hardback: 'This is an area moving fast, and no department of geology should be losing the opportunity of teaching this area ...' Journal of Geological Magazine
Review of the hardback: 'In such a fast developing field as planetary detection this volume rightly concentrates on the basics and will hence be of interest for a long time.' Spaceflight

A voyage from dark clouds to the early Earth
Galactic environment of the Sun and stars: interstellar and interplanetary material
Planet migration
Organic synthesis in space
The Vegetation Red Edge Spectroscopic Feature as a surface biomarker
Search for extra-solar planets through gravitational microlensing
The galactic habitable zone
Cosmology and life
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ISBN: 9780521173285
ISBN-10: 0521173280
Series: Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 3rd March 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.21