The Earth as a Planet
Lecture no. 36 from the course: The Joy of Science
Taught by Professor Robert M. Hazen | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
We complete our review of the solar system and look at the fascinating research field of extrasolar planetary systems. More than a dozen planets the size of Jupiter or larger have been detected, and more are being found every month. The Earth shares many characteristics with other planets of the solar system but is unique because it has so much liquid water—the essential medium for life.