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Encyclopedia of the solar system

Lucy-Ann Adams McFadden; Paul Robert Weissman 1947-; T. V Johnson (Torrence V.)

2nd ed.. 2007

Available at UDM McNichols Campus Library  UDM McNichols Library Stacks  (QB 501 .E53 2007 )()

  • Title:
    Encyclopedia of the solar system
  • Author: Lucy-Ann Adams McFadden; Paul Robert Weissman 1947-; T. V Johnson (Torrence V.)
  • Description: Contributors -- About the editors -- Foreword -- Preface to the Second Edition -- Preface to the First Edition -- solar system and its place in the galaxy / origin of the solar system / history of solar system studies / Sun / solar wind / Mercury / Venus : atmosphere / Venus : surface and interior / Earth as a planet : atmosphere and oceans / Earth as a planet : surface and interior / Sun-Earth connection / 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 / Interiors 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 / solar system at ultraviolet wavelengths / Infrared views of the solar system from space / 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 / Planetary volcanism / Astrobiology / Planetary exploration missions / Extrasolar planets / Appendix -- Glossary -- Index.
    Guide to our solar system, including studies of the Sun, the Earth and the other major planets, the Moon and other natural satellites, planetary rings, comets, asteroids, meteorites, and interplanetary dust. It features new entries on topics such as the oceans on Mars, Quaoar and the discovery of Sedna.
    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.
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Publisher: Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press
  • Format: xx, 966 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780120885893;ISBN 0120885891
  • Subjects: Solar system -- Encyclopedias
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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