The Solar System
Elsevier, 22 de out. de 2013 - 354 páginas
Presents a contemporary picture of the solar system, including a description of the Earth, Mars, Venus, cratered worlds, exotic rocks and ices, and giant planets. It is pitched at an introductory level and assumes no previous knowledge of planetary astronomy. Little mathematics is used in the text and the numerous graphs and diagrams are kept as simple as possible. End of chapter exercises are provided. The book can be used as an end in itself, or as a preparation for more advanced study, for which references are given.
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Chapter 11 Planetary rings
Chapter 12 The system of Uranus
Chapter 13 The system of Neptune
Chapter 14 Pluto comets asteroids and meteoroids
Chapter 15 The origin and end of planetarysystems
Some further reading
Chapter 9 The Jovian system
Chapter 10 The Saturnian system
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