Additional Reading
on Planet Detection

Popular Articles on Planet Detection:


"Scientist Puzzle Over Extrasolar Planets" R. Cowen Science News Online Aug. 8, 1998

"Planet Hunters", Sally Stephens, Astronomy, Vol 26, July, 1998, p. 58-63 (cover story)

New Planet Detected Around a Star 15 Light-Years Away J. Wilford, New York Times June 26, 1998

"The Birth of Planets", Sharon Begley, Newsweek, May 4, 1998, p. 54-60

"Giant Planets Orbiting Faraway Stars", Geoffery Marcy and R. Paul Butler, Scientific American , March 1998

"The Diversity of Planetary Systems", Geoffery Marcy and R. Paul Butler, Sky & Telescope, Vol 95, Mar. 1998, p. 30-37

'Wanted: Life-Bearing Planets", Doug McInnis, Astronomy, Vol 26., Apr. 1998, p.38-43


"Planets Around Other Suns Are Hot Hot Hot", Stephen P. Maran, Smithsonian, Vol 28 Sept 1997, p. 72-80

"Does 51 Pegasi's Planet Really Exist?", Joshua Roth, Sky & Telescope, Vol 93 May. 1997, p. 24-25

"The Strange New Planetary Zoo", Robert Naeye, Astronomy Vol 25, Apr. 1997, p. 42-49

"A Tour of Extrasolar Planets", Alan M. MacRobert, Sky & Telescope, Vol 93 Mar. 1997, p. 80-81

Scientists Step Up Search for Extrasolar Planets J Wilford, New York Times Feb. 9, 1997

"How to Build 51 Pegasi's Planet", Joshua Roth, Sky & Telescope, Vol 93 Feb. 1997, p. 12-13

"All Possible Worlds", Gideon Lichfield, The Economist, Jan 25, 1997, p. 71-73


"Extrasolar Planets", Alan P. Boss, Physics Today, Vol 49, Sept. 1996, p. 32-38

"Other Suns, Other Planets?", David Black, Sky & Telescope, Vol 92 Aug. 1996, p. 20-27

A Parade of New Planets C. S. Powell, Scientific American, May 1996

"Two New Solar Systems", Robert Naeye, Astronomy Vol 24, Apr. 1996, p. 50-55

"Search for Life on Other Planets", J.R.P. Angel and N.J. Woolf, Scientific American, Apr. 1996, p. 60-66 summary

"Is This Planet for Real?", Robert Naeye, Astronomy Vol 24, Mar. 1996, p. 34-41

"Searching for other Worlds", Michael Lemonick, Time, Feb. 5, 1996, p. 52-57 (cover story)

"Life in Space?" Lehrer News Hour Transcript Jan. 18, 1996


"The Great Reconnaissance", The Economist, July 25, 1994, p. 91--93


"Worlds Around Other Stars", David Black, Scientific American, Jan. 1991


Worlds Unnumbered The Search for Extrasolar Planets , Donald Goldsmith, University Science Books, 1997, ISBN 0-935702-97-0

Planet Quest: The Epic Discovery of Alien Solar Systems, Ken Croswell, The Free Press, 1997 ISBN 0-684-83252-6
A narrative history of the failures and successes in planet detection, both inside and outside of our solar system.

Other Suns. Other Worlds? Dennis L. Mammana and Donald W. McCarthy, Jr., St. Martin's Press, 1996, ISBN 0-312-14021-5

See reviews for the above books in:

Astronomy, Sept '97 p.92
Physics Today, Apr '98 p. 68
Sky & Telescope, Apr '98 p. 67

Other Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe, Michael D. Lemonick, Simon & Schuster, 1998, ISBN 0684832291


Detecting Planets Around Other Stars G. Marcy and R. P. Butler, Encarta on-line encyclopedia

The Search for Extrasolar Planets Noble Science and Engineering Library, Arizona State Univ

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