This volume addresses a new opportunity in the planetary sciences--to extend our exploration outward to discover and study planetary systems that may have formed or are forming around other stars. It concludes that a coordinated program of astronomical observation, laboratory research, theoretical development, and understanding of the dynamics and origins of whatever may be found would be a technologically feasible and potentially richly rewarding extension of the study of bodies within the solar system.
1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1. Introduction; 4 2. Basic Scientific Goals; 5 3. Present Understanding of the Origin of Planetary Systems; 6 4. Observations of Extrasolar Planetary and Protoplanetary Material; 7 5. Observational Requirements for Identification of Extrasolar-System Planets; 8 6. Future Investigations of Precursor Planetary Systems; 9 7. Relation to Other Astronomical and Astrophysical Studies; 10 8. Recommendations; 11 Appendix A: The Large Star Sample Required for a Photometric Planetary Search; 12 Appendix B: List of Members, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st January 1990
Publisher: National Academies Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2