Solar System Astrophysics: Planetary Atmospheres and the Outer Solar System

Hardcover | August 19, 2008

byEugene F. Milone, William Wilson

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The book covers the field of solar system astrophysics beginning with basic tools of spherical astronomy and coordinate frames and celestial mechanics. It therefore presents equations and derivations starting from a level that permits one to see the underlying physical ideas. An up-to-date overview on all essential topics is presented, but is concise where possible. The text is based on extensive experience in the classroom and its contents have been field-tested by students for years. The material has been updated in the last few months to take advantage of the newer discoveries of the Mars Rover and the Saturn Cassini missions.

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The book covers the field of solar system astrophysics beginning with basic tools of spherical astronomy and coordinate frames and celestial mechanics. It therefore presents equations and derivations starting from a level that permits one to see the underlying physical ideas. An up-to-date overview on all essential topics is presented,...

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Solar System Astrophysics opens with coverage of the atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth, Venus and Mars and the magnetosphere of Mercury. The book then provides an introduction to meteorology and treating the physics and chemistry of these areas in considerable detail. What follows are the structure, composition, ...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:422 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0 inPublished:August 19, 2008Publisher:SpringerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0387731563

ISBN - 13:9780387731568

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgments.- Planetary Atmospheres and Ionospheres.- Planetary Magnetism and Magnetospheres.- The Giant Planets.- Satellite and Ring Systems.- Comets and Meteors.- Meteorites, Asteroids, and the Age and Origin of the Solar System.- Extrasolar Planetary Systems.

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From the reviews:"The authors meld concepts of geology and chemistry with astronomy to address planetary atmospheres at all levels and meteorology. . The book explores atmospheric structure, ionization, and particle environments and includes very complete descriptions of satellites and ring structure, comets, meteors, meteorites, and asteroids. . This . is extremely thorough, up-to-date, and one of the best places to go for a handy reference on solar system topics. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)