Planets and Solar Systems


  1. California & Carnegie Planet Search This is the page that Butler & Marcy contribute too: the two leading planet finders. They have their papers on the web.
  2. The Geneva Extrasolar Planet Search Programmes The page of the first extrasolar planet finders: Mayor & Queloz. They have their papers on the web.
  3. Planet Quest at JPL. They don't have their papers on the web, but they have history and other popular things.

Hot Papers

  1. ``Making other Earths: Dynamical Simulations of Terrestrial Planet Formation and Water Delivery'' Raymound, S. N., et al. 2003, Icarus, submitted, astro-ph/0308159. They find there is a large spread of possible planets including lots of habitable ones. But if Jupiters migrate in close, what then?
  2. ``Planet migration'' Thommes, E. W., & Lissauer, J. J. 2002, in proceedings of STSci Astrophysics of Life symposium, astro-ph/0209416. A review. So much I don't understand. But the subject is still very uncertain too.
  3. ``Planetary migration in evolving planetesimals discs'' Yesilyurt, S., et al. 2003, IJMP A in print, astro-ph/0308021. They find it is natural for gas giants to migrate to .03--.2 AU.
  4. Growth and interaction of planets Artymowicz, P. 2002, in "Planetary Systems in the Universe: Observation, Formation and Evolution," IAU Symp. 202, Eds.: A. Penny, P.Artymowicz, A.-M.Lagrange, & S. Russell, in print. Not too clear to a neophyte. 2003jul25
  5. "Statistical properties of exoplanets II. Metallicity, orbital parameters, and space velocities" N.C. Santos, G. Israelian, M. Mayor, R. Rebolo, & S. Udry 2003, A&A, 398, 363. A longer version of the previous paper. 2003jul25
  6. "Extrasolar Planets: Clues to the Planetary Formation Mechanisms" N.C. Santos, M. Mayor, & G. Israelian 2002, in: proceedings of the ISSI Workshop on ``Planetary Systems and Planets in Systems'' (somewhere: Kluwer Academic Press) in press. Good little review. 2003jul25
  7. "A Young White Dwarf Companion to Pulsar 1620-26: Evidence for Early Planet Formation" 2003jul11 Science Sigurdsson et al.---the oldest planet found?

  1. ./histogram.png A histogram of the extrasolar planets from 2003sep09.
  2. ./rocky_icy_body Largest rocky/icy bodies in the solar system.

    References: (Cox-295,305,306; HI-161; David Jewitt's Kuiper Belt site).

  3. ./planet_collage.gif A collage of the planets.

    The Venus image is computer reconstruction of its surface from radar mapping. Venus is always swathed in thick clouds an presents ar pretty bland appearance.

    Note that Pluto is the only planet never to have been imaged from up close. The image here is from the HST and it is about the best that can be done. Pluto's moon Charon is a bit more than half the diameter of Pluto.

    Credit/Permission: / Public domain.