The Solar System, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1587655349
  • ISBN-13: 9781587655340
  • DDC: 523.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1045 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released February 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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This work covers 180 major topics on Earth's solar system as it is understood from the latest perspectives. For this new edition, 58 new topics have been added and every essay has been thoroughly expanded, from the text through bibliographies, to bring it up to date in view of the many interplanetary missions that have expanded our knowledge of the solar system, from Pioneer and Voyager through the missions of Galileo, Cassini Huygens, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the latest Mars probes as of 2009. No reference dedicated to the solar system is this detailed or complete and up to date. Coverage is presented in an A to Z format,from "Archaeoastronomy" and "Asteroids" through "Venus's Volcanoes" and "White and Black Dwarfs", and is supplemented by more than two hundred photos. Essays fall into one or more of the following categories: the Cosmological Context, Earth, the Jovian System, Life in the Solar System, Mars, Mercury, Natural Planetary Satellites, Neptune, Planets and Planetology, the Saturnian System, Scientific Methods, Small Bodies, the Solar System as a Whole, the Stellar Context, the Sun, Uranus, and Venus.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Publisher's Note.
Editors' Introduction.
Units of Measure.
Alphabetical List of Contents.
Category List of Contents.
1: Archaeoastronomy.
2: Asteroids.
3: Auroras.
4: Big Bang.
5: Brown Dwarfs.
6: Callisto.
7: Ceres.
8: Comet Halley.
9: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.
10: Comets.
11: Coordinate Systems.
12: Coronal Holes and Coronal Mass Ejections.
13: Cosmic Rays.
14: Cosmology.
15: Dwarf Planets.
16: Earth-Moon Relations.
17: Earth-Sun Relations.
18: Earth System Science.
19: Earth's Age.
20: Earth's Atmosphere.
21: Earth's Composition.
22: Earth's Core.
23: Earth's Core-Mantle Boundary.
24: Earth's Crust.
25: Earth's Crust-Mantle Boundary: The Mohorovičić Discontinuity.
26: Earth's Differentiation.
27: Earth's Magnetic Field: Origins.
28: Earth's Magnetic Field: Secular Variation.
29: Earth's Magnetic Field at Present.
30: Earth's Magnetosphere.
31: Earth's Mantle.
32: Earth's Oceans.
33: Earth's Origin.
34: Earth's Rotation.
35: Earth's Shape.
36: Earth's Structure.
37: Eclipses.
38: Electromagnetic Radiation: Nonthermal Emissions.
39: Electromagnetic Radiation: Thermal Emissions.
40: Enceladus.
41: Eris and Dysnomia.
42: Europa.
43: Extrasolar Planets.
44: Extrasolar Planets: Detection Methods.
45: Extraterrestrial Life in the Solar System.
46: Gamma-Ray Bursters.
47: Ganymede.
48: General Relativity.
49: Gravity Measurement.
50: Greenhouse Effect.
51: Habitable Zones.
52: Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram.
53: Iapetus.
54: Impact Cratering.
55: Infrared Astronomy.
56: Interplanetary Environment.
57: Interstellar Clouds and the Interstellar Medium.
58: Io.
59: Jovian Planets.
60: Jupiter's Atmosphere.
61: Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
62: Jupiter's Interior.
63: Jupiter's Magnetic Field and Radiation Belts.
64: Jupiter's Ring System.