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Overview

The Solar System is a six-volume full-color set that explores the relationship between the Sun-the center of our solar system-and its orbiters, including Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, as well as asteroids, meteorites, and comets. Designed to complement science curricula, the books provide a detailed narrative of how the universe was formed and how each planet or celestial body relates to the rest of the solar system.

Jupiter and Saturn, Revised Edition offers up-to-date scientific knowledge concerning the planets' different ring systems and weather patterns, including information from the continuing Cassini spacecraft's mission to Saturn. The book illustrates how Jupiter continues to play a role in our understanding of how planets orbit the Sun and discusses the discovery of the speed of light, the immensity of the destructive potential of comet and asteroid collisions, and the possibility of life on other planets.

Featuring an extensive, up-to-date chapter on space missions, the volume also covers

external appearance and conditions

"fast facts" about Jupiter and Saturn

the future direction of research

heat sources in the solar system

internal composition

planetary atmospheres

rings and moons

structure, temperature, and pressure

The book contains more than 70 color photographs and line illustrations, three appendixes-Standard International Units and their equivalents; information on light, wavelength, and radiation; and a list of all known moons-a glossary, a detailed list of print and Internet resources, and an index. The Solar System is essential for middle and high school students, teachers, and general readers who wish to learn about how the planets or other small bodies contributed to the formation of the solar system.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816076987
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Facts on File The Solar System Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 296
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction xv

Part 1 Jupiter

1 Jupiter: Fast facts about a Planet in Orbit 3

Fundamental Information about Jupiter 5

What Makes Gravity? 9

2 The Interior of Jupiter 21

Materials, Temperatures, and Pressures 21

Elements and Isotopes 23

What Is Pressure? 27

Magnetic Field 30

Radio Noise 36

3 Jupiter's Surface Appearance and Conditions 38

Remote Sensing 40

Optical Depth 53

Changes in Jupiter's Surface within Human History: Storms 56

Changes in Jupiter's Surface within Human History: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 59

4 Jupiter's Rings and Moons 54

The Surprise of Jupiter's Rings 64

Jupiter's Moons 67

What Are Synchronous Orbits and Synchronous Rotation? 72

Moment of Inertia 94

Rheology, or How Solids Can Flow 106

5 Missions to Jupiter 111

Part 2 Saturn 117

6 Saturn: Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit 119

Fundamental Information about Saturn 121

7 Saturn's Interior: Composition and Magnetic Field 127

Structure, Temperature, Pressure 127

Internal Heat Production 128

Magnetic Field 129

8 Saturn's Surface Appearance and Conditions 133

9 Saturn's Rings and Moons 138

Rings 138

Why Are There Rings? 144

Saturn's Moons 150

Giovanni Cassini (1625-1712) 152

Fossa, Sulci, and Other Terms for Planetary Landforms 170

Stable Orbits for Small Bodies among Much Larger Planets 176

10 Missions to Saturn 195

11 An Environment for Life? Titan, Enceladus, and Europa 199

Requirements for Life 199

Atmospheric Composition of the Early Earth 201

Water in Liquid Form 202

Organic Matter and Energy 202

Heat in the Environment 204

How Common Are These Conditions in the Formation of Planets? 205

Mars as the Early Earth Analog 206

Super Earths in Other Solar Systems 206

Icy Moons in Our Solar System 207

Detecting Life on Other Planets and Moons 208

Titan 210

Atmospheric Composition 210

Liquid Surface Lakes 211

Enceladus 212

Europa 214

Questions for Future Research 216

12 Conclusions: The Known and the Unknown 218

Appendix 1 Units and Measurements 222

Fundamental Units 222

Comparisons among Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit 225

Useful Measures of Distance 226

Definitions for Electricity and Magnetism 231

Prefixes 234

Appendix 2 Light, Wavelength, and Radiation 235

Appendix 3 A List of All Known Moons 245

Glossary 248

Further Resources 259

Index 266

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