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Encyclopedia of the solar system

Author: Lucy-Ann Adams McFadden; Paul Robert Weissman; T V Johnson
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Llibres electrònics
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy-Ann Adams McFadden; Paul Robert Weissman; T V Johnson
ISBN: 9780120885893 0120885891
OCLC Number: 804729861
Notes: Descripció feta a partir del volum imprès.
Description: 1 online resource (1 recurs electrònic (xx, 966 p.)) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Preface --
Foreword --
The Solar System and Its Place in the Galaxy --
The Origin of the Solar System --
A History of Solar System Studies --
The Sun --
The Solar Wind --
Mercury --
Venus: Atmosphere --
Venus: Surface and Interior --
Earth as a Planet: Atmosphere and Oceans --
Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior --
The Sun-Earth Connection --
The Moon --
Meteorites --
Near-Earth Objects --
Mars Atmosphere: History and Surface Interaction --
Mars: Surface and Interior --
Mars: Landing Site Geology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry --
Main-Belt Asteroids --
Planetary Satellites --
Atmospheres of the Giant Planets --
Interiors of the Giant Planets --
Io: The Volcanic Moon --
Europa --
Ganymede and Callisto --
Titan --
Triton --
Planetary Rings --
Planetary Magnetospheres --
Pluto and Charon --
Physics and Chemistry of Comets --
Cometary Dynamics --
Kuiper Belt: Dynamics --
Kuiper Belt Objects: Physical Studies --
Solar System Dust --
X-Rays in the Solar System --
The Solar System at Ultraviolet Wavelengths --
Infrared Views of the Solar System from Space --
The Solar System at Radio Wavelengths --
New Generation Optical/Infrared Telescopes --
Planetary Radar --
Semote Chemical Analysis --
Solar System Dynamics: Regular and Chaotic Motion --
Planetary Impacts --
Planetary Volcanism --
Planets and the Origin of Life --
Planetary Exploration Missions --
Extra-Solar Planets --
Appendices --
Glossary --
Index. The solar system and its place in the galaxy --
The origin of the solar system --
A history of solar system studies --
The Sun --
The solar wind --
Mercury --
Venus: atmosphere --
Venus: surface and interior --
Earth as a planet: atmosphere and oceans --
Earth as a planet: surface and interior --
The Sun-Earth connection --
The Moon --
Meteorites --
Near-Earth objects --
Mars atmosphere: history and surface interactions --
Mars: surface and interior --
Mars: landing site geology, mineralogy and geochemistry --
Main-belt asteroids --
Planetary satellites --
Atmospheres of the giant planets --
Io: the volcanic moon --
Europa --
Ganymede and Callisto --
Titan --
Triton --
Planetary rings --
Planetary magnetospheres --
Pluto --
Physics and chemistry of comets --
Comet populations and cometary dynamics --
Kuiper Belt: dynamics --
Kuiper Belt objects: physical studies --
Solar system dust --
X-rays in the solar system --
The solar system at ultraviolet wavelengths --
Infrared views of the solar system from space --
The solar system at radio wavelengths --
New generation ground-based optical/infrared telescopes --
Planetary radar --
Remote chemical sensing using nuclear spectroscopy --
Solar system dynamics: regular and chaotic motion --
Planetary impacts.
Responsibility: editors, Lucy-Ann McFadden, Paul R. Weissman and Torrence V. Johnson.

Abstract:

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 interactand 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.

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 . 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.

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