Cambridge University Press, Dec 6, 2001 - Science - 528 pages
Planetary Sciences presents a comprehensive coverage of this fascinating and expanding field at a level appropriate for graduate students and researchers in the physical sciences. The book explains the wide variety of physical, chemical and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets. Observations of the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and planetary rings in our Solar System, as well as extrasolar planets, are described, and the process of planetary formation is discussed.
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Solar Heating and Energy Transport
Densities and Central Properties of the Planets and the Moon
Planetary Magnetospheres and the Interplanetary Medium
Twenty Largest Asteroids a 6 At0
Properties of Jupiters Ring System
J Upsilon Andromedae s Planetary System
List of Symbols Used
Periodic Table of the Elements
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