Solar System Evolution: A New Perspective / Edition 2

Solar System Evolution: A New Perspective / Edition 2

by Stuart Ross Taylor, Taylor Stuart Ross
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521675669

ISBN-13: 9780521675666

Pub. Date: 07/14/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This completely rewritten new edition begins with a historical perspective of the place of the solar system in the universe. Evidence from meteorites is used to describe how the planets were formed and the giant planets are considered in the light of the discovery of new extrasolar giants. Other chapters discuss satellites, comets, centaurs, asteroids and why Pluto is…  See more details below

Overview

This completely rewritten new edition begins with a historical perspective of the place of the solar system in the universe. Evidence from meteorites is used to describe how the planets were formed and the giant planets are considered in the light of the discovery of new extrasolar giants. Other chapters discuss satellites, comets, centaurs, asteroids and why Pluto is not a planet. Explanations on why Earth and Venus turned out so differently, and how Mars and Mercury are the survivors of many similar bodies, are also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521675666
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/14/2005
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
7.24(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; 1. A brief history; 2. The universe; 3. Stars; 4. The solar nebula; 5. Composition and chemical evolution of the nebula; 6. The evidence from meteorites; 7. Building planets; 8. The giant planets; 9. Satellites and rings; 10. The refugees; 11. The survivors: Mercury and Mars; 12. The twins: Venus and the Earth; 13. The Moon; 14. The role of impacts; 15. Epilogue: on the difficulty of making Earth-like planets; Subject index; Author index.

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