Encyclopedia of the solar system

editors, Lucy-Ann McFadden, Paul R. Weissman, Torrence V. Johnson

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 - and has jumped light years ahead in terms of new information and visual impact. Offering more than 50 per cent 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-plus 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.

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  • 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

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書名 Encyclopedia of the solar system
著作者等 Johnson, T. V.
McFadden, Lucy-Ann Adams
Weissman, Paul Robert
Breuer Doris
Johnson Torrence
McFadden Lucy-Ann
Versteeg-Buschman Linda
Weissman Paul
Spohn Tilman
出版元 Elsevier Academic Press
刊行年月 c2007
版表示 2nd ed
ページ数 xx, 966 p.
大きさ 29 cm
ISBN 0120885891
NCID BA79683104
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言語 英語
出版国 オランダ