Planetary Rings

Planetary Rings

by Larry W. Esposito
     
 

Planetary Rings provides a summary and personal view of the present understanding of planetary rings, including results from the Cassini space mission to Saturn. It covers all aspects of planetary rings with particular emphasis on ring history and evolution. Basic physical processes and simple mathematical approaches are presented in a clear and accessible way,… See more details below

Overview

Planetary Rings provides a summary and personal view of the present understanding of planetary rings, including results from the Cassini space mission to Saturn. It covers all aspects of planetary rings with particular emphasis on ring history and evolution. Basic physical processes and simple mathematical approaches are presented in a clear and accessible way, supported by many images and diagrams that display the spectacular phenomena seen in planetary rings. Highlighted topics include Saturn's F ring, Neptune's rings, Jupiter's rings, stochastic models, ring age and evolution, and Cassini results.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521362221
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Planetary Science Series, #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface : a personal view of planetary rings
1Introduction : the allure of the ringed planets1
2Studies of planetary rings 1610-20045
3Diversity of planetary rings17
4Individual ring particles and their collisions29
5Large-scale ring evolution44
6Moons confine and sculpt rings50
7Explaining ring phenomena60
8N-body simulations80
9Stochastic models91
10Age and evolution of rings95
11Saturn's mysterious F ring113
12Neptune's partial rings125
13Jupiter's ring-moon system after Galileo138
14Ring photometry145
15Dusty rings150
16Cassini observations158
17Concluding remarks178

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