The Solar System

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 26, 2004 - Science - 514 pages
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In this third corrected and revised edition students and lecturers in astronomy and planetary science as well as planet observers will find a mine of up-to-date information on the solar system and its interaction with the interplanetary medium, its various objects, comparative planetology, discussion of questions for further research and future space exploration.

 

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Contents

General Features of the Solar System
1
11 Mechanics and Dynamics of the Solar System
5
112 Keplers Laws
7
113 The TitiusBode Law
10
114 Resonances
11
Shape and Tidal Effects
14
116 The Roche Limit
15
117 Collisions
17
73 The Chemical and Mineralogical Composition of Asteroids
271
74 Recent Results from Spaceprobe Observations
275
75 The Origin and Evolution of Asteroids
278
76 The Interaction Between Asteroids and the Solar Wind
280
The Giant Planets
283
82 The Neutral Atmosphere of the Giant Planets
285
821 The Thermal Structure
287
822 Cloud Structure
290

118 The Nbody Problem
18
119 LongTerm Evolution of the Solar System
19
Eclipses
20
12 Physics of the Solar System
22
121 Thermal Radiation and Reflected Solar Radiation
23
122 Planets
26
123 Satellites
30
124 Rings
31
125 Asteroids
32
126 Comets
33
127 TransNeptunian Objects
35
The Solar System Within the Universe
43
22 Primordial Nucleosynthesis in the Big Bang
48
23 Life and Death of the Stars
49
25 The First Stages of Stellar Formation
51
26 The Interstellar Medium
53
Methods of Studying the Solar System
59
312 Determining Diameters
60
313 Determining Masses
61
314 Determining Periods of Rotation
62
322 Analysis of Radiation as a Function of Phase Angle
68
33 The Analysis of Plasma and Magnetic Fields
72
332 Observations from Space
73
The Formation of the Solar System
79
From the 15th to the 20th Century
80
42 The Observations
82
43 The Emergence of a Standard Model
88
432 The Standard Model
89
44 Comparison with Other Systems
102
442 Extrasolar Planets
103
The Interaction of SolarSystem Bodies with the Interplanetary Medium
105
Solar Wind and Coronal Expansion
106
512 The LargeScale Structure of the Heliosphere in the Plane of the Ecliptic
110
513 The Threedimensional Structure of the Heliosphere
111
514 Transient Structures in the Solar Wind
114
515 The Interaction of the Heliosphere with the Interstellar Medium
117
Thermospheres and Ionospheres
120
521 The Structure of the Neutral Upper Atmosphere
122
522 The Structure and Dynamics of Ionospheric Layers
130
53 Interaction of the Solar Wind with SolarSystem Objects
142
Case b
144
Case d
152
534 The Auroral Radio Emissions of Planetary Magnetospheres
168
The Terrestrial Planets and Their Satellites
183
61 Mercury
184
611 Orbital Parameters and Macroscopic Properties
185
613 The Interior of Mercury and Its Magnetic Field
186
615 Mercurys Magnetosphere
189
62 Venus
191
622 Orbital Parameters and Overall Properties
194
624 The Atmosphere of Venus Thermal Structure
199
63 The Earth
206
631 Orbital Characteristics
207
632 Internal Structure
208
633 Plate Tectonics
210
634 The Earths Magnetic Field
217
635 The PresentDay Atmosphere Atmospheric Composition
219
636 The Terrestrial Climate and the Atmospheric Circulation
222
64 The Moon
225
641 Telescopic Observation of the Moon
226
642 Observations from Spacecraft
227
643 Analysis of Samples in the Laboratory
232
644 The Origin of the Moon
234
645 The EarthMoon System
235
65 Mars
237
652 Orbital Parameters Overall Physical Properties and Internal Structure
239
654 The Composition of the Martian Surface
244
655 The Atmosphere of Mars
248
656 Comparative Studies of the Atmospheres of the Terrestrial Planets
254
657 The Search for Fossil Life on Mars
258
66 Phobos and Deimos
259
The Asteroids
263
71 Orbital Characteristics
264
72 The Physical Nature of the Asteroids
268
823 Molecular Abundances
299
824 The Abundance Ratios of Elements and Isotopes
301
825 The Upper Atmospheres of the Giant Planets
311
83 The Internal Structure of the Giant Planets
318
832 Modelling the InternalEnergy State
320
84 The Magnetic Fields and Magnetospheres of the Giant Planets
325
841 Jupiters Magnetic Field
327
842 The Structure of Jupiters Magnetosphere
330
843 The Dynamics of Jupiters Magnetosphere
332
844 The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere of Saturn
342
845 The Magnetic Fields of Uranus and Neptune
346
Titan
349
912 The DH Ratio in Titans Atmosphere
352
913 Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere
353
914 Aerosols and Clouds
354
922 Interaction with the Magnetosphere
355
923 The Aeronomy of Titan and the Formation of Complex Molecules
356
93 The Surface and Interior of Titan
358
932 The Interior of Titan
359
94 Titans Interaction with Saturns Magnetosphere
361
Bodies Without Atmospheres in the Outer Solar System
363
1012 The Satellites of Saturn
375
1013 The Satellites of Uranus
379
1014 The Satellites of Neptune
381
102 Pluto and Charon
384
Atmosphere and Surface
385
1024 Charon
387
103 The Rings of the Giant Planets
388
1032 Jupiters Rings
390
1033 Saturns Rings
392
1034 The Rings of Uranus
395
Comets
399
111 The Nomenclature of Comets
400
113 Measuring the Brightness of Comets
407
114 The Physics of Comets
409
1141 The Nucleus
411
1142 The Coma
416
1143 The Cometary Dust
424
1144 Cometary Material and the Interstellar Medium
427
115 The Interaction of Comets with the Solar Wind
428
New Frontiers
433
123 Orbital Characteristics of the TransNeptunian Objects
435
124 The Centaurs
436
125 Physical Properties and Composition
437
Interplanetary Dust Micrometeorites and Meteorites
443
132 The Mass Distribution
444
133 The Spatial Distribution of Interplanetary Material
446
134 Meteorites
449
1341 Classification
450
1342 The Origin of Meteorites
451
1343 Martian Meteorites
452
1344 The Chemical Composition of Meteorites
453
1345 The Isotopic Composition of Meteorites
454
1346 Isotopic Anomalies and the Origin of the Solar System
458
135 Collecting Cometary Material
461
New Planetary Systems
463
143 Circumstellar Disks
464
1432 Other Circumstellar Disks
465
1442 Search Methods
466
1443 The Range of Extrasolar Planets
471
145 Knowledge Acquired and Remaining Questions
474
1452 Theoretical Questions Posed by the Initial Discoveries
478
1453 Some Observational Projects
481
146 Conclusions
484
The Search for Life in the Universe
487
151 What Is Life?
488
152 The Laboratory Experiments
489
1531 The Analysis of Lunar Samples
490
1534 The Giant Planets
492
1536 Titan
493
1541 What Is the Likelihood of Life Existing in the Universe?
494
References
497
Index
503
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