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The Solar System

Benefits

  • In the third corrected and revised edition of this classic on the astrophysics of our solar system, students and lecturers in astronomy and planetary science as well as planet observers will find a mine of up-to-date information.

Textbook

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 1-42
  3. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 43-57
  4. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 59-77
  5. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 79-103
  6. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 105-182
  7. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 183-261
  8. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 263-281
  9. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 283-347
  10. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 349-362
  11. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 363-398
  12. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 399-432
  13. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 433-441
  14. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 443-462
  15. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 463-485
  16. Thérèse Encrenaz, Jean-Pierre Bibring, Michel Blanc, Maria-Antonietta Barucci, Francoise Roques, Philippe Zarka
    Pages 487-495
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 497-514

About this book

Introduction

This text treats our knowledge of the solar system from an astrophysical point of view. Part 1 deals with the formation of the solar system and its interaction with the interplanetary medium. Part 2 presents its various objects: planets and satellites, asteroids, comets, trans-neptunian objects and interplanetary dust. The final sections on extrasolar planetary systems and on the search for life in the Universe round off an introduction to a field that has grown dramatically following the space missions of the last twenty years.

Over the last decade many exciting observations have helped to reshape our understanding of the solar system and planetary science. In the third corrected and revised edition of this classic on the astrophysics of our solar system, students and lecturers in astronomy and planetary science as well as planet observers will find a mine of up-to-date information.

Keywords

Astronomie Astrophysik Planet Planetary system Planetologie Plasmaphysik Solar Solar System astronomy astrophysics planetology plasma physics satellite

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Recherche SpatialeObservatoire de ParisMeudonFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire René BernasUniversité Paris XIOrsayFrance
  3. 3.Observatoire Midi-PyrenéesToulouseFrance
  4. 4.LESIAObservatoire de ParisMeudonFrance

Bibliographic information

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This dense text book [...] is a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system addressed certainly to students and searchers in astronomy but is also very pleasant to read for a more external reader with some scientific knowledge." (Physicalia 2005, 57, page 215-216)

"As a detailed reference to the astronomy and physics of the solar system, I have yet to meet its equal." (R. Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society AAS, May 2005)

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This is the third edition of the originally published book in French in 1987. The solar system, planets and satellites, asteroids, comets and interplanetary dust is discussed in a very systematic and quantitative way. … This dense text book … is a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system addressed certainly to students and searchers in astronomy but is also very pleasant to read for a more external reader with some scientific knowledge." (Laurent Favart, Physicalia, Vol. 57 (3), 2005)

"Originally published in 1987, at just over 500 pages, the third edition of this hardcover text has been translated from its native French by Storm Dunlop. … it is not a picture book designed to catch the eye, but a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system. As a detailed reference to the astronomy and physics of the solar system, I have yet to meet its equal. … A highly recommended reference book." (Roger Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society, May, 2005)

"This book, originally appeared in French in 1987 … . It is a good book for those intending to increase their knowledge on modern planetology. … This volume offers a nice journey inside the solar system and closes with a brief account on the search for life in the Universe. … The volume ends with a series of references for each chapter together with an alphabetic index for a quick item search. The book is accessible to many researchers and postgraduate students." (M. Storini, Bollettino della Società Italiana di Fisica, Vol. 28 (1), 2005)