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Front cover illustrations: (Main image) A computer-generated simulation of a Jupiter-sized exoplanet shown crossing in front of the disk of its parent star. Image courtesy Jeffery Hall, Lowell Observatory. (Smaller image) Artist's concept of a planetary disk around a brown dwarf. Image courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/T.Pyle (SSC).
Back cover illustrations: (Top) Artist's impression of a Saturn-mass planet orbiting the sun-like star HD149026, with atmosphere based on models by James Cho. Image courtesy Greg Laughlin, University of California, Santa Cruz. (Bottom) Artist's impression of the Jupiter-sized planet discovered transiting a star 500 light-years from Earth. Image courtesy Jeffery Hall, Lowell Observatory.
SPRINGER-PRAXIS BOOKS IN ASTRONOMY AND PLANETARY SCIENCES
SUBJECT ADVISORY EDITORS: Philippe Blondel, C.Geol., F.G.S., Ph.D., M.Sc., Senior Scientist, Department of Physics, University of Bath, UK; John Mason, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
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