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9780470016930

Planets and Planetary Systems

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    9780470016930

  • ISBN10:

    0470016930

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-10
  • Publisher: Wiley
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Summary

Planets and Planetary Systems is a balanced introduction to the science of planets within our own solar system and those in other solar systems. This is an extremely fast moving field, and at present there are not suitable texts for undergraduates.The book starts with a description of the basic properties of the planets in our solar systems, and then moves on to compare them with what is known about planets in other solar systems. The dynamics of planetary systems follows, before the book moves on to cover the interiors of planets and then their atmospheres. The book ends by looking at the origin of planetary systems and the role of impacts in solar system evolution.

Author Biography

Stephen Eales is the author of Planets and Planetary Systems, published by Wiley.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Our planetary systemp. 1
Diversity in the Solar Systemp. 1
General trends in the properties of the planetsp. 9
Why are planets round?p. 12
When is a planet not a planet?p. 19
Exercisesp. 21
Other planetary systemsp. 23
The discovery of exoplanetsp. 23
The implications of the existence of other planetary systemsp. 29
The future for exoplanet researchp. 32
Exercisesp. 36
Further Reading and Web Sitesp. 37
The surfaces of the planetsp. 39
Rocksp. 39
Geological structuresp. 43
Crater countingp. 50
Mercury and Venusp. 52
A tourist's guide to Marsp. 55
Recent research on Marsp. 58
Exercisesp. 64
Further Reading and Web Sitesp. 64
The interiors of the planetsp. 65
What we do and don't know about planetary interiorsp. 65
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptunep. 72
Why we know so much about the Earthp. 73
Why is the surface of the Earth such an interesting place?p. 78
Exercisesp. 83
Further Readingp. 84
The atmospheres of the planetsp. 85
The atmosphere of the Earthp. 85
The other planetsp. 93
The weather on the Earth and elsewherep. 96
The origin and evolution of planetary atmospheresp. 99
Exercisesp. 102
Further Reading and Web Sitesp. 103
The dynamics of planetary systemsp. 105
Laws of planetary motionp. 105
Stable and unstable orbitsp. 108
Tidal forcesp. 111
Exercisesp. 117
The small objects in planetary systemsp. 119
The evidence of the meteoritesp. 119
The asteroid beltp. 123
Cometsp. 126
The Oort Cloudp. 132
The Edgeworth-Kuiper beltp. 135
Exercisesp. 139
Further Reading and Web Sitesp. 139
The origin of planetary systemsp. 141
Laplace's big ideap. 141
The protoplanetary discp. 144
From dust to planetesimalsp. 147
From planetesimals to planetary embryosp. 149
From planetary embryos to planetsp. 150
Collisions, the Oort Cloud and planetary migrationp. 152
Exercisesp. 156
Further Readingp. 157
Life in planetary systemsp. 159
A short history of life on Earthp. 159
The evolution of the Solar System as a habitatp. 164
The possibility of life elsewherep. 167
Exercisesp. 171
Further Reading and Web Sitesp. 171
Answersp. 173
p. 175
The epoch of planetary explorationp. 175
p. 179
Derivation of Kepler's first and second lawsp. 179
Indexp. 183
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