Chapter 2. Other Planetary Systems

  1. Stephen Eales

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch2

Planets and Planetary Systems

Planets and Planetary Systems

How to Cite

Eales, S. (2009) Other Planetary Systems, in Planets and Planetary Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch2

Author Information

  1. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470016923

Online ISBN: 9780470721780



  • other planetary systems;
  • exoplanet discovery;
  • existence of other planetary systems;
  • light curve of a star during planetary transit;
  • Extremely Large Telescope (ELT);
  • future for exoplanet research;
  • extraterrestrials in spacecraft orbiting Earth;
  • ELT or Darwin or Terrestrial Planet Finder


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The discovery of exoplanets

  • The implications of the existence of other planetary systems

  • The future for exoplanet research

  • Exercises

  • Further Reading and Web Sites