Encyclopedia of the Solar System (Google eBook)

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Lucy-Ann McFadden, Torrence Johnson, Paul Weissman
Academic Press, Dec 18, 2006 - Science - 992 pages
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Long before Galileo published his discoveries about Jupiter, lunar craters, and the Milky Way in the Starry Messenger in 1610, people were fascinated with the planets and stars around them. That interest continues today, and scientists are making new discoveries at an astounding rate. Ancient lake beds on Mars, robotic spacecraft missions, and new definitions of planets now dominate the news. How can you take it all in? Start with the new Encyclopedia of the Solar System, Second Edition.

This self-contained reference follows the trail blazed by the bestselling first edition. It provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries, and details about planetary bodies and how they interact—and has jumped light years ahead in terms of new information and visual impact. Offering more than 50% new material, the Encyclopedia includes the latest explorations and observations, hundreds of new color digital images and illustrations, and more than 1,000 pages. It stands alone as the definitive work in this field, and will serve as a modern messenger of scientific discovery and provide a look into the future of our solar system.

· Forty-seven chapters from 75+ eminent authors review fundamental topics as well as new models, theories, and discussions
· Each entry is detailed and scientifically rigorous, yet accessible to undergraduate students and amateur astronomers
· More than 700 full-color digital images and diagrams from current space missions and observatories amplify the chapters
· Thematic chapters provide up-to-date coverage, including a discussion on the new International Astronomical Union (IAU) vote on the definition of a planet
· Information is easily accessible with numerous cross-references and a full glossary and index
  

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Contents

Chapter 27 Planetary Rings
503
Chapter 28 Planetary Magnetospheres
519
Chapter 29 Pluto
541
Chapter 30 Physics and Chemistry of Comets
557
Chapter 31 Comet Populations and Cometary Dynamics
575
Dynamics
589
Physical Studies
605
Chapter 34 Solar System Dust
621

Atmosphere and Oceans
169
Surface and Interior
189
Chapter 11 The SunEarth Connection
213
Chapter 12 The Moon
227
Chapter 13 Meteorites
251
Chapter 14 NearEarth Objects
283
History and Surface Interactions
301
Surface and Interior
315
Landing Site Geology Mineralogy and Geochemistry
331
Chapter 18 MainBelt Asteroids
349
Chapter 19 Planetary Satellites
365
Chapter 20 Atmospheres of the Giant Planets
383
Chapter 21 Interiors of the Giant Planets
403
The Volcanic Moon
419
Chapter 23 Europa
431
Chapter 24 Ganymede and Callisto
449
Chapter 25 Titan
467
Chapter 26 Triton
483
Chapter 35 XRays in the Solar System
637
Chapter 36 The Solar System at Ultraviolet Wavelengths
659
Chapter 37 Infrared Views of the Solar System from Space
681
Chapter 38 The Solar System at Radio Wavelengths
695
Chapter 39 New Generation GroundBased Optical Infrared Telescopes
719
Chapter 40 Planetary Radar
735
Chapter 41 Remote Chemical Sensing Using Nuclear Spectroscopy
765
Regular and Chaotic Motion
787
Chapter 43 Planetary Impacts
813
Chapter 44 Planetary Volcanism
829
Chapter 45 Astrobiology
849
Chapter 46 Planetary Exploration Missions
869
Chapter 47 Extrasolar Planets
887
Appendix
903
Glossary
919
Index
939
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