eBook An Explorer's Guide to the Universe Series: The Inner Solar System: The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615300503
  • ISBN-13: 9781615300501
  • DDC: 523.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 246 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released March 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010
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Overview

The planets closest to the Sun—Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars—include the world we know and its closest neighbors. However, despite our proximity, these rocky, silicate-based planets still represent so many mysteries yet to discover. Through a trove of images and a narrative bursting with detail, The Inner Solar System imparts what is known about this small corner of the Galaxy, and piques reader interest in the unknown.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Composition and Origin of the Solar System.
2: Orbits.
3: Planets and Their Moons.
4: The Interplanetary Medium.
5: Origin of the Solar System.
6: The Kant-Laplace Nebular Hypothesis.
7: Modern Ideas.
8: The Sun.
9: Physical Properties.
10: Energy Generation and Transport.
11: Evolution.
12: Helioseismology.
13: The Solar Atmosphere.
14: The Chromosphere.
15: Revelations in the Dark.
16: The Corona.
17: Solar Wind.
18: Solar Activity.
19: Sunspots.
20: Prominences.
21: Flares.
22: Solar-Terrestrial Effects.
23: History of Solar Observations.
24: Mercury.
25: Planetary Data for Mercury.
26: Basic Astronomical Data.
27: Observational Challenges.
28: Orbital and Rotational Effects.
29: Mercury in Tests of Relativity.
30: Mariner 10 and Messenger.
31: The Atmosphere.
32: The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere.
33: Character of the Surface.
34: Caloris Basin and Surrounding Region.
35: Plains.
36: Scarps.
37: Surface Composition.
38: Mercury's Formation.
39: Later Development.
40: Venus.
41: Basic Astronomical Data.
42: Planetary Data for Venus.
43: The Atmosphere.
44: Interaction with the Solar Wind.
45: Character of the Surface.
46: Surface Composition.
47: Surface Features.
48: Features Due to Tectonic Activity.
49: Volcanic Features.
50: Impact Craters.
51: Interior Structure and Geologic Evolution.
52: Observations from Earth.
53: Spacecraft Exploration.
54: Earth.
55: Basic Planetary Data.
56: The Astronomical Unit.
57: Planetary Data for Earth.
58: The Atmosphere.
59: The Hydrosphere.
60: The Outer Shell.
61: The Interior.
62: The Geomagnetic Field and Magnetosphere.
63: Development of Earth's Structure and Composition.
64: Accretion of the Early Earth.
65: Effects of Planetesimal Impacts.
66: Planetary Differentiation.
67: Earth Impacts.
68: Objects That Pose a Threat.
69: Frequency of Impacts.
70: The Tunguska Event.
71: NEO Search Programs.
72: Determining the Hazard Potential of an NEO.
73: Defending Earth from a Colliding Object.
74: The Moon.
75: Distinctive Features.
76: Mascons.
77: Principal Characteristics of the Earth-Moon System.
78: Properties of the Moon and the Earth-Moon System.
79: Motions of the Moon.
80: The Atmosphere.
81: The Lunar Surface.
82: Effects of Impacts and Volcanism.
83: Small-Scale Features.
84: Notable Surface Features.
85: Lunar Rocks and Soil.
86: The Lunar Interior.
87: Structure and Composition.
88: Internal Activity of the Past and Present.
89: Origin and Evolution.
90: Lunar Exploration.
91: Early Studies.
92: History of Lunar Observation and Exploration.
93: Exploration by Spacecraft.
94: Lunar Resources.
95: Eclipses.
96: Phenomena Observed during Eclipses.
97: Lunar Eclipse Phenomena.
98: Solar Eclipse Phenomena.
99: Occultations.
100: Transits of Mercury and Venus.
101: The Geometry of Eclipses, Occultations, and Transits.
102: Eclipses of the Sun.
103: Eclipses of the Moon.
104: The Frequency of Solar and Lunar Eclipses.
105: Cycles of Eclipses.
106: Prediction and Calculation of Solar and Lunar Eclipses.
107: Eclipse Research Activities.
108: Solar Research.
109: Lunar Research.
110: Eclipses in History.
111: Literary and Historical References.
112: Uses of Eclipses for Chronological Purposes.
113: Uses of Eclipses for Astronomical Purposes.
114: Mars.
115: Basic Astronomical Data.
116: Planetary Data for Mars.
117: Early Telescopic Observations.
118: The Canals of Mars.
119: Mars as Seen from Earth.
120: Surface Features.
121: Polar Regions.
122: Transient Atmospheric Phenomena.
123: The Atmosphere.
124: Basic Atmospheric Data.
125: Composition and Surface Pressure.
126: Composition of the Martian Atmosphere.
127: Atmospheric Structure.
128: Meteorology and Atmospheric Dynamics.
129: Character of the Surface.
130: Southern Cratered Highlands.
131: Sparsely Cratered Plains.
132: Surface Composition.
133: Valleys and Lakes.
134: Outflow Channels and Oceans.
135: Valles Marineris.
136: Tharsis and Elysium.
137: Olympus Mons.
138: Polar Sediments, Ground Ice, and Glaciers.
139: Notable Surface Features.
140: The Interior.
141: Meteorites from Mars.
142: Martian Moons.
143: Phobos.
144: Moons of Mars.
145: Deimos.
146: Spacecraft Exploration.
147: The Question of Life on Mars.
Glossary.
For Further Reading.
Index.