Planetary Ring Systems

Paperback | October 31, 2006

byEllis D. Miner, Randii R. Wessen, Jeffrey N. Cuzzi

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This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on the topic of planetary rings systems yet written. The book is written in a style and at a language level easily accessible to the interested non-expert. The authors cover the scientific significance of ring studies, the history of their discovery and characterization, the observations of Pioneer 10 at Jupiter, Pioneer 11 and Voyager 1 at Jupiter and Saturn, Voyager 2 at all four giant planets of the solar system, and Galileo at Jupiter. Each chapter includes extensive notes, references, figures and tables. A bibliography is included at the end of each chapter.

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This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on the topic of planetary rings systems yet written. The book is written in a style and at a language level easily accessible to the interested non-expert. The authors cover the scientific significance of ring studies, the history of their discovery and characterization, the observatio...

Of all the planets, Saturn is the most instantly recognisable to everyone because of its beautiful system of rings, visible in even a small telescope, discovered by Galileo in 1610, but not recognised for what they are until Christiaan Huygens' observations in 1655. Until 1977, Saturn's rings were considered unique, but we now know tha...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 6.69 × 9.45 × 0.27 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:PraxisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387341773

ISBN - 13:9780387341774

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Table of Contents

Authors' Preface.- Acknowledgements.- List of Acronyms.- Chapter 1. The Scientific Significance of Planetary Ring Systems.- Chapter 2. The Discovery of the Saturn Ring System.- Chapter 3. The Discovery of the Uranus Ring System.- Chapter 4. The Discovery of the Jupiter Ring System.- Chapter 5. The Discovery of the Neptune Ring System.- Chapter 6. Present Knowledge of the Jupiter Ring System.- Chapter 7. Present Knowledge of the Uranus Ring System.- Chapter 8. Present Knowledge of the Neptune Ring System.- Chapter 9. Pre-Cassini Knowledge of the Saturn Ring System.- Chapter 10. Early Cassini Findings on the Saturn Ring System.- Chapter 11. Comparative Planetology of the Giant Planet Ring Systems.- Chapter 12. Anticipated Future Observations of Planetary Ring Systems.- Index.

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From the reviews:"This book is not just for astronomy students; many people will enjoy it . . The book covers all of the giant gas planets, since they all have complex ring systems, and each has different attributes and features. The authors present the recent research findings on these systems, and they point out the numerous questions that still need to be answered. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty." (J. R. Kraus, CHOICE, Vol. 44 (10), June, 2007)