Solar System Astrophysics

Planetary Atmospheres and the Outer Solar System

  • Eugene F. Milone
  • Willam J.F. Wilson

Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 1-55
  3. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 57-118
  4. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 119-150
  5. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 151-211
  6. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 213-256
  7. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 257-311
  8. Eugene F. Milone, Willam J.F. Wilson
    Pages 313-385
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 387-405

About this book


Solar System Astrophysics opens with coverage of the atmospheres, ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth, Venus and Mars and the magnetosphere of Mercury. The book then provides an introduction to meteorology and treating the physics and chemistry of these areas in considerable detail. What follows are the structure, composition, particle environments, satellites, and rings of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, making abundant use of results from space probes.

Solar System Astrophysics follows the history, orbits, structure, origin and demise of comets and the physics of meteors and provides a thorough treatment of meteorites, the asteroids and, in the outer solar system, the Kuiper Belt objects. The methods and results of extrasolar planet searches, the distinctions between stars, brown dwarfs, and planets, and the origins of planetary systems are examined. Historical introductions precede the development and discussion in most chapters. A series of challenges, useful as homework assignments or as focusing aids, are presented at the end of each chapter.

The contents of Solar System Astrophysics have been field-tested by students for many years. Eugene F. Milone and William J. F. Wilson have written a unique book that presents an up-to-date overview on all essential topics based on extensive experience in the classroom.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 1
  • Willam J.F. Wilson
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of Calgary, Calgary 2500 University Drive NWCalgaryCanada

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