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New Solar System

New Solar System - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0521645874

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ISBN13: 978-0521645874
ISBN10: 0521645875
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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New Solar System - 4TH 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0521645874

J. Kelly Beatty, Carolyn C. Petersen and Andrew L. Eds. Chaikin

ISBN13: 978-0521645874
ISBN10: 0521645875
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 4TH 99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Published: 1999
International: No

As the definitive guide for the armchair astronomer, The New Solar System has established itself as the leading book on planetary science and solar system studies. Incorporating the latest knowledge of the solar system, a distinguished team of researchers, many of them Principal Investigators on NASA missions, explain the solar system with expert ease. The completely-revised text includes the most recent findings on asteroids, comets, the Sun, and our neighboring planets. The book examines the latest research and thinking about the solar system; looks at how the Sun and planets formed; and discusses our search for other planetary systems and the search for life in the solar system. In full-color and heavily-illustrated, the book contains more than 500 photographs, portrayals, and diagrams. An extensive set of tables with the latest characteristics of the planets, their moon and ring systems, comets, asteroids, meteorites, and interplanetary space missions complete the text. New to this edition are descriptions of collisions in the solar system, full scientific results from Galileo's mission to Jupiter and its moons, and the Mars Pathfinder mission. For the curious observer as well as the student of planetary science, this book will be an important library acquisition.

Author Bio

Beatty, J. Kelly :

J. Kelly Beatty is the senior editor of Sky & Telescope, where for more than twenty years he has reported the latest in planetary science. A renowned science writer, he was among the first journalists to gain access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983.

Petersen, Carolyn Collins :

Carolyn Collins Petersen is an award-winning science writer and co-author of Hubble Vision (Cambridge 1995). She has also written planetarium programs seen at hundreds of facilities around the world.

Chaikin, Andrew L. :

Table of Contents


1. Exploring the solar system, David Morrison
2. Origin of the solar system, John Wood
3. The Sun, Kenneth Lang
4. Magnetospheres, cosmic rays and the interplanetary medium, James Van Allen and Fran Bagenal
5. The Oort and Kuiper clouds, Paul W. Weissman
6. Collisions in the solar system, Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker
7. Mercury, Faith Vilas
8. Venus, R. Stephen Saunders
9. Planet Earth, Don L. Anderson
10. The Moon, Paul D. Spudis
11. Mars, Michael H. Carr
12. Terrestrial Interiors, James W. Head III
13. Terrestrial Atmospheres, Bruce A. Jakosky
14. Outer planet interiors, William B. Hubbard
15. Outer planet atmospheres, Andrew P. Ingersoll
16. Planetary Rings, Joseph A. Burn
17. Io, Torrence V. Johnson
18. Europa, Ronald Greeley
19. Ganymede and Callisto, Robert T. Pappalardo
20. Titan, Tobias Owen
21. Pluto and Triton, Dale P. Cruikshank
22. Other icy worlds, William B McKinnon
23. Small bodies, William K. Hartmann
24. Comets, John C. Brandt
25. Asteroids, Clark R. Chapman
26. Meteorites, John A. Wood
27. Life in the solar system, Gerald A. Soffen
28. Other planetary systems, Anniela I. Sargent

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