Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

Solar System Astrophysics

Background Science and the Inner Solar System

Authors: Milone, Eugene F., Wilson, William J.F.

  • This second edition provides many updates on solar system objects such Mercury, Mars, Saturn and our Moon
  • Contains derivations that enable students to follow the text much easier than other books in area
  • Provides a large bibliography as well as challenging problems for the student to test her/his mettle
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About this book

The second edition of Solar System Astrophysics: Background Science and the Inner Solar System provides new insights into the burgeoning field of planetary astronomy. As in the first edition, this volume begins with a rigorous treatment of coordinate frames, basic positional astronomy, and the celestial mechanics of two and restricted three body system problems. Perturbations are treated in the same way, with clear step-by-step derivations. Then the Earth's gravitational potential field and the Earth-Moon system are discussed, and the exposition turns to radiation properties with a chapter on the Sun. The exposition of the physical properties of the Moon and the terrestrial planets are greatly expanded, with much new information highlighted on the Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

All of the material is presented within a framework of historical importance. This book and its sister volume, Solar System Astrophysics: Background Science and the Inner Solar system, are pedagogically well written, providing clearly illustrated explanations, for example, of such topics as the numerical integration of the Adams-Williamson equation, the equations of state in planetary interiors and atmospheres, Maxwell’s equations as applied to planetary ionospheres and magnetospheres, and the physics and chemistry of the Habitable Zone in planetary systems.

Together, the volumes form a comprehensive text for any university course that aims to deal with all aspects of solar and extra-solar planetary systems. They will appeal separately to the intellectually curious who would like to know how just how far our knowledge of the solar system has progressed in recent years.

About the authors

Eugene Milone has been Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics for 35 years, and has taught at the University of Calgary, San Diego State University, and Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, American Astronomical Society, Canadian Astronomical Society, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, New York Academy of Science, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, International Dark Sky Society, and the International Symposia.

William Wilson has been Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics at the University of Calgary for 30 years. He has spent 15 years teaching courses in Solar System Astrophysics and Stellar Structure and Evolution. His research areas are stellar evolution and stellar properties.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“As a textbook I found it excellent. Although I’ve taken master’s level courses on astronomy at the university there was a lot of interesting content, and what I loved the most, were the ‘Challenges’ at the end of each chapter – mostly problems where you need to calculate something or derive an equation. … If you want a detailed account of the inner solar system, I think this is the book to dive into.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, January, 2015)

“This second edition … provides ‘new insights’ on the topic and contains additional material on the sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and other areas. … The writing is lucid and the discussions are easy to follow. This valuable addition to college libraries will also be welcome on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in the solar system. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (A. Spero, Choice, Vol. 52 (1), September, 2014)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Perceptions of the Solar System in History

    Milone, Eugene F. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Basic Tools and Concepts

    Milone, Eugene F. (et al.)

    Pages 13-32

  • Celestial Mechanics

    Milone, Eugene F. (et al.)

    Pages 33-63

  • The Core of the Solar System: The Sun

    Milone, Eugene F. (et al.)

    Pages 65-103

  • General Properties of the Terrestrial Planets

    Milone, Eugene F. (et al.)

    Pages 105-144

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4614-8847-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Solar System Astrophysics
Book Subtitle
Background Science and the Inner Solar System
Authors
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8848-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8848-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8847-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3860-5
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVII, 335
Number of Illustrations and Tables
159 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
Topics