Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System

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Academic Press, 1997 - Astrophysics - 591 pages
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Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System, Revised Edition is a comprehensive survey of the planetary physics and physical chemistry of the part of the universe that is best understood--our own solar system. Although many fundamental questions remain unanswered, or even unasked, research in these areas has advanced quickly, and the planetary sciences have benefited from both earth-based and spacecraft-based experimentation. These experiments form the basis of thisencyclopedic reference, which skillfully fuses synthesis and explanation. Detailed chapters review each of the major planetary bodies as well as asteroids, comets, and other small orbitals. With this reference, astronomers, physicists, and planetary scientists will have a state-of-the-art book whose uses include both teaching and research. This new version, featuring approximately 10% new material, will also prove an invaluable addition to any library in astronomy, planetary physics, and astrophysics.
* Contains updated material since the first edition
* Aimed at a higher level with a broader scope than previous texts
* Examines the astronomical content of the solar system and the planetary content of earth
* Amply illustrated throughout
* Reviews each of the major planetary bodies as well as asteroids, comets, and other small orbitals
  

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Contents

Preface
ix
The Sun and the Solar Nebula
x
Astronomical Perspective
ii
Limitations on Big Bang Nucleosynthesis
11
Stellar Evolution
22
Outline of Star Formation
30
General Description of
46
Changes in Orbital Motion
52
Composition of Achondrites
339
Genetic Relationships between Meteorite
351
Photometry and Spectroscopy of Asteroids
360
Dynamical Evolution of the Asteroid Belt
369
Radar Observations of NearEarth Asteroids
375
lo Phobos
383
Geology
392
Motions of the Moon
402

Asteroids
63
Summary
69
The Major Planets
136
Pluto and the Icy Satellites of
234
Surface Morphology of the Galilean Satellites
241
Internal Thermal Structure of Galilean
249
Thermal and Tectonic Evolution of
255
Titan
269
Minor Satellites of Saturn
276
Satellites of Neptune
282
The Neptune Pluto Resonance
288
Behavior of Small Particles
307
Cometary Fireballs
316
Meteorites and Asteroids
322
Physical Properties of Meteorites
329
Mars Venus
433
Surface Composition
451
Atmospheric Structure
457
Explosive Blowoff
467
Motions and Dynamics of Venus
473
Atmospheric Structure and Motions
481
Photochemistry and Aeronomy
489
Planetary Evolution
495
Planets and Life about Other Stars
531
Future Prospects
540
Absorpton
554
Basic Physical
562
Mars Venus
568
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