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Solar System Astrophysics (2-Volume Set): A Text for the Science of Planetary Systems

Series: Astronomy and Astrophysics Library Series

By: Eugene F Milone and William Wilson

1000 pages, illustrations


Hardback | Dec 2007 | #170630 | ISBN-13: 9780387731537
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Solar System Astrophysics: A Text for the Science of Planetary Systems covers the field of solar system astrophysics beginning with basic tools of spherical astronomy, coordinate frames, and celestial mechanics. Historical introductions precede the development and discussion in most chapters.
After a basic treatment of the two- and restricted three-body system motions in Background Science and the Inner Solar System, perturbations are discussed, followed by the Earth's gravitational potential field and its effect on satellite orbits. This is followed by analysis of the Earth-Moon system and the interior planets.

In Planetary Atmospheres and the Outer Solar System, the atmospheres chapters include detailed discussions of circulation, applicable also to the subsequent discussion of the gas giants. The giant planets are discussed together, and the thermal excesses of three of them are highlighted. This is followed by chapters on moons and rings, mainly in the context of dynamical stability, comets and meteors, meteorites and asteroids, and concludes with an extensive discussion of extrasolar planets.

The contents of Solar System Astrophysics: A Text for the Science of Planetary Systems have been field-tested by students for many years. Eugene F. Milone and William J.F. Wilson have written a unique book that presents an up-to-date overview on all essential topics based on extensive experience in the classroom.


Preface. Acknowledgements.- Perceptions of the Solar System in History.- Basic Tools and Techniques.- Celestial Mechanics.- The Core of the Solar System: The Sun.- General Properties of the Terrestrial Planets.- Planetary Heat Flow and Temperatures.- Rocks and Minerals.- The Moon's Surface, Structure, and Evolution.- Surfaces of the Terrestrial Planets.- 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.- Index.

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