Dynamics of Extended Celestial Bodies and Rings

  • Jean Souchay

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 682)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Tadashi Tokieda
    Pages 1-22
  3. Hilaire Legros, Marianne Greff, Marianne Tokieda
    Pages 23-66
  4. D. Hestroffer, P. Tanga
    Pages 89-116
  5. Jacques Henrard
    Pages 159-167
  6. Sandrine D’Hoedt, Anne Lemaitre
    Pages 169-181
  7. Bruno Sicardy
    Pages 183-200
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-208

About this book


Taking both a theoretical and observational perspective, this book is an introduction to recent developments in the field of celestial mechanics. It emphasizes the application to extended celestial bodies and devotes much attention to rotational aspects. In particular, it explains the state of art for accurate modelling of the rotation of celestial bodies such as the Earth, the Moon, and Mercury, which involves principles related to hydrodynamics and geodesy. Comparisons between the light curves of the asteroids and their rotational state are made and spatial techniques leading to the determination of the Earth's gravitational field are explained. Also, the book provides a general overview of the collisional processes in the solar system and of the dynamics of the rings. It is addressed to graduate students and researchers in space sciences and celestial dynamics.


Celestial mechanics Planet Solar System celestial bodies planetary rings solar

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean Souchay
    • 1
  1. 1.Observatoire de ParisParisFrance

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