The Solar System in Close-Up

  • John Wilkinson

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  15. Back Matter
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About this book


In response to the new information gained about the Solar System from recent space probes and space telescopes, the experienced science author Dr. John Wilkinson presents the state-of-the art knowledge on the Sun, solar system planets and small solar system objects like comets and asteroids. He also describes space missions like the New Horizon’s space probe that provided never seen before pictures of the Pluto system; the Dawn space probe, having just visited the asteroid Vesta, and the dwarf planet Ceres; and the Rosetta probe inorbit around comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that has sent extraordinary and most exciting pictures. Those and a number of other probes are also changing our understanding of the solar system and providing a wealth of new up close photos. This book will cover all these missions and discuss observed surface features of planets and moons like their compositions, geisers, aurorae, lightning phenomena etc.
Presenting the fascinating aspects of solar system astronomy this book is a complete guide to the Solar System for amateur astronomers, students, science educators and interested members of the public.


Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko Guide to the Solar System Messenger spacecraft Philae Robotic Lander Planet Mercury Planetary Missions Rosetta Space Probe Solar System Explained Space Missions

Authors and affiliations

  • John Wilkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.CastlemaineAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-27627-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-27629-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
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