An Introduction to the Study of the Moon by Zdenek KopalAn Introduction to the Study of the Moon by Zdenek Kopal

An Introduction to the Study of the Moon

byZdenek Kopal

Book & Toy | October 3, 2013

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After several decades spent in astronomical semi-obscurity, the Moon has of late suddenly emerged as an object of considerable interest to students of astronomy as well as of other branches of natural science and technology; and the reasons for this are indeed of historical significance. For the Moon has now been destined to be the first celestial body outside the confines of our own planet to be reconnoitered at a close range by means of spacecraft built and sent out by human hand for this purpose. At the time of writing, not less than ten such spacecraft of American as well as Rus­ sian origin landed already on different parts of the lunar surface; and some of these provided remarkable records of its detail structure to a spatial resolution increased thousandfold over that attained so far from our ground-based facilities. A renewed interest in our satellite, stemming from this source, on the part of the students of many branches of science and technology has also underlined the need for presenting the gist of our present knowledge in this field in the form that could serve as an introduction to the study of the Moon not only for astronomers, but also for serious students from other branches of science or technology.
Title:An Introduction to the Study of the MoonFormat:Book & ToyDimensions:464 pages, 24.4 × 17 × 0.03 inPublished:October 3, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401175470

ISBN - 13:9789401175470

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Table of Contents

One Motion of the Moon and Dynamics of the Earth-Moon System.- 1. Basic Facts: Distance, Size and Mass.- 2. The Motion of the Moon in Space.- 3. Rotation of the Moon; Optical Librations.- 4. Motion of the Moon about its Center of Gravity; Physical Librations.- 5. Photometric Consequences of the Moon's Motion: Phases and Eclipses.- 6. Dynamics of the Earth-Moon System.- Two Internal Constitution of the Lunar Globe.- 7. Hydrostatic Equilibrium and its Limitations.- 8. Thermal History of the Moon.- 9. Stress History of the Moon.- 10. Possible Convection in the Lunar Interior.- 11. Chemical Composition of the Moon.- 12. Exosphere of the Moon.- Three Topography of the Moon.- 13. Global Form of the Moon; Definition of Lunar Coordinates.- 14. Relative Coordinates and their Determination.- 15. Mapping of the Moon.- 16. Formations on the Lunar Surface: Descriptive Survey.- 17. Origin of the Lunar Formations.- 18. Lunar Surface as an Impact Counter, and its Stratigraphy.- Four Lunar Radiation and Surface Structure.- 19. Photometry of Scattered Moonlight.- 20. Thermal Emission of the Lunar Surface.- 21. Electromagnetic Properties of the Lunar Surface.- 22. Luminescence of the Lunar Surface.- 23. Structure of the Lunar Surface.- 24. Origin of Large-Scale Formations on the Lunar Surface.- References.- Index of Persons.