The Cambridge Planetary Handbook

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The Cambridge Planetary Handbook is an invaluable reference text, bringing together key facts and data on the planets and their satellites, discoverers and researchers. It summarises many centuries' worth of data, from the earliest observations of the planets through to the most recent spaceprobe findings. The author discusses the history, mythology and theories of the main objects in our solar system, and provides a comprehensive information section with accurate and up-to-date data on the planets. The book ...

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Overview

The Cambridge Planetary Handbook is an invaluable reference text, bringing together key facts and data on the planets and their satellites, discoverers and researchers. It summarises many centuries' worth of data, from the earliest observations of the planets through to the most recent spaceprobe findings. The author discusses the history, mythology and theories of the main objects in our solar system, and provides a comprehensive information section with accurate and up-to-date data on the planets. The book contains excellent photography and explanatory illustrations, along with numerous historical drawings from Galileo, Huygens, Herschel and other astronomers. This book is a must for all astronomy enthusiasts, as well as academic researchers, students and teachers. Those unfamiliar with the sky will find this a user-friendly guide written in clear, non-technical language.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521632805
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Lists
Planets
Albedo 3
Angular size 6
Atmospheric composition 7
Atmospheric pressure 10
Brightness and size of the Sun from each planet 11
Brilliancy at opposition 12
Cloud features 13
Constellations visited by the Moon and planets 14
Density 15
Distances from Earth 16
Distances from Sun 17
Eccentricity 18
Escape velocity 19
Future dates of conjunction 20
Future dates of opposition 24
Future significant alignments 26
Future transits 29
Inclination of orbit 30
Magnetic field strength and orientation 31
Mass 34
Named features on the planets and the Moon 35
Names of the planets, Sun and Moon around the world 44
Oblateness 46
Orbital period 47
Orbital velocity 48
Rotational period 49
Rotational velocity (equatorial) 50
Size 51
Solar irradiance 52
Speed of light travel times 53
Surface gravity 54
Synodic period 55
Temperature range 56
Tilt of axis 57
Volume 58
Wind speeds 59
Satellites
Albedo 63
Density 65
Discoverers and dates of discovery 67
Distance from planet 69
Eccentricity 71
Inclination of orbit 73
Mass 75
Orbital period 77
Size 79
Pt. 2 Planets
Mercury 83
Venus 105
Earth 134
Mars 165
Jupiter 203
Saturn 232
Uranus 261
Neptune 276
Pluto 297
App. A A Short biographies of some astronomers 310
App. B: Unit conversion table 315
Glossary 316
References and sources 334
Index 335
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