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Nature, Dynamics, Origin, and their Cosmogonical Relevance


Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 328)

About this book


The book covers the most recent ideas about the nature and dynamics of comets, including a thorough discussion on Oort cloud dynamics which has not received due attention in other books on the subject. It also discusses the most relevant aspects of the physics and chemistry of comet nuclei, highlighting their importance as relics of the protoplanetary disk and, perhaps, as carriers of water and organics that permitted the development of life on Earth. The book contains several tables with useful data, and an ample bibliography covering the most recent work as well as some historical key contributions to the subject. It may be suitable as a textbook for graduate students with some basic knowledge of celestial mechanics and astrophysics, as well as a consult book for comet researchers, or researchers from other related fields willing to start working on comets, or get an updated view of the subject.


Celestial mechanics Cosmogony astrophysics comets dynamics nature origin

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentFaculty of SciencesMontevideoUruguay

About the authors

Full Professor of Astronomy at the Faculty of Sciences, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Formerly, I held temporal positions at the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie, Germany, and Observatorio do Valongo, Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Vice-president of Commission 20 of the International Astronomical Union ``Positions and Motions of Minor Planets, Comets and Satellites''.
Member of the Small Bodies Names Committee of the International Astronomical Union.
Asteroid 5996 was named ``Julioangel'' by the International Astronomical Union (Resolution July/1996).
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Planetary and Space Science during the period 1993-1998.
Member of the Third World Academy of Sciences

Bibliographic information


Fernández's monograph is a lucid account of cometary dynamics and related topics that is an important contribution to the literature... Comets provides an important and extremely readable summary of cometary dynamics and related topics... Many scientists, including astronomers, can benefit from reading it.

John C. Brandt, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in Physics Today, Sept. 2006