Introduction to Comets

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Including the abundance of information known prior to the return of Halley's comet, as well as the new information discovered since then, the science of comets is described here by order of its discovery. From tail phenomena to coma morphology, to the most recent findings from space missions, this comprehensive text provides complete and up-to-date coverage of the subject. It will be suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of astronomy and planetary science. First Edition Hb (2001): 0-521-23906-0 First Edition Pb (2002): 0-521-27218-1


Preface; 1. Comets in history; 2. Discovery and dynamics of comets; 3. Observing and measuring techniques; 4. Tails; 5. Coma and related phenomena; 6. Comets and the solar wind; 7. The nucleus; 8. Asteroids; 9. Origins of comets; 10. Comets and the solar system; 11. The future of cometary research; 12. Comet lore; References.


John C. Brandt is Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of New Mexico. Now retired, Robert D. Chapman has been a professor at UCLA, a civil servant working for NASA and a program manager in industry.


'... if you want to get a basic understanding of the science behind these enigmatic objects you should get yourself a copy. I don't think that there are any better books available for the general reader.' The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
EAN: 9780521004664
ISBN: 0521004667
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2009
Seitenanzahl: 476 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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