Planetary Sciences

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9780521853712: Planetary Sciences

An authoritative introduction for graduate students in the physical sciences, this textbook explains the wide variety of physical, chemical, and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets. The second edition of this award-winning textbook has been substantially updated and improved. It now contains a reorganized discussion of small bodies, including a detailed description of the Kuiper belt and asteroid belt; a significantly expanded chapter on extrasolar planets and what they tell us about planetary systems; and appendixes providing a glossary of acronyms, tables of key spacecraft, a summary of observing techniques, and a sampling of very recent images. With over 300 exercises to help students apply the concepts covered, this textbook is ideal for courses in astronomy, planetary science and earth science, and well suited as a reference for researchers. Color versions of many figures and movie clips supplementing the text are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521853712.

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An authoritative introduction for graduate students in the physical sciences, this textbook has been substantially updated and improved. With over 300 exercises, it is ideal for courses in astronomy, planetary science and earth science. Color versions of many figures and movie clips supplementing the text are available at www.cambridge.org/9780521853712.

About the Author:

Imke de Pater is a Professor in the departments of Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and is affiliated with Delft Institute of Earth Observation and Space Systems (DEOS) at the Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. She began her career observing and modeling Jupiter's synchrotron radiation, followed by detailed investigations of the planet's thermal radio emission. In 1994 she led a world-wide campaign to observe the impact of comet D/Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter. Currently, she is exploiting adaptive optics techniques in the infrared range to obtain high angular resolution data.

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