The Planetary Scientists Companion

Paperback | October 1, 1998

byKatharina Lodders, Bruce Fegley

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Scientists have collected a wealth of physical and chemical data for the Sun, planets, and small bodies in our solar system, but until now this information has been scattered throughout the technical literature. The Planetary Scientist's Companion solves this problem, providing for the firsttime a single, extensive reference for the interdisciplinary fields of planetary science and cosmochemistry. The book begins with a summary of frequently used physical and chemical constants, unit conversion factors, properties of some compounds and minerals, thermodynamic data, partition coefficients, and useful formulas. This is followed by an overview of the solar system, including comparative data forthe planets and their satellites and abundances of the elements. Much of the book is devoted to a series of chapters describing in turn the Sun, each of the planets, and the groups of small bodies (asteroids, comets, meteorites, and Kuiper Belt and Centaur objects). Each chapter includes anintroduction, followed by tables of physical and chemical properties compiled from many sources, including data on planetary atmospheres, surfaces, and interiors. The book concludes with data on nearby stars, the interstellar medium, and recently discovered brown dwarfs and possible extrasolarplanets, followed by a glossary. A unique and practical resource for anyone interested in contemporary planetary science and cosmochemistry, this volume is likely to be an essential tool in future research.

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Scientists have collected a wealth of physical and chemical data for the Sun, planets, and small bodies in our solar system, but until now this information has been scattered throughout the technical literature. The Planetary Scientist's Companion solves this problem, providing for the firsttime a single, extensive reference for the in...

Katharina Lodders and Bruce Fegley are both at Washington University, St. Louis.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195116941

ISBN - 13:9780195116946

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Table of Contents

1. Technical data2. The solar system3. The sun4. Mercury5. Venus6. The earth and the moon7. Mars and satellites8. Jupiter, rings, and satellites9. Saturn, rings and satellites10. Uranus, rings, and satellites11. Neptune, rings and satellites12. Pluto and Charon13. The asteroids14. Centaur objects and Kuiper belt objects15. Comets16. Meteorites17. Beyond the solar systemGlossaryIndex

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"The Planetary Scientist's Companion is a succinct and handy reference that will be useful to those in the geophysical community looking for a foothold into planetary science or for an interesting compact survey of the present understanding of planetary phenomena."--The Leading Edge