Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Klaus Wilhelm
    Pages 14-27
  3. Matthias Steffen
    Pages 28-86
  4. Arnold O. Benz
    Pages 103-115
  5. Klaus Wilhelm
    Pages 116-123
  6. Sami Solanki, Natalie Krivova
    Pages 124-140
  7. Sami Solanki, Natalie Krivova
    Pages 141-152
  8. Sami Solanki, Natalie Krivova
    Pages 153-164
  9. Klaus Wilhelm
    Pages 165-174
  10. Klaus Wilhelm
    Pages 175-179
  11. Klaus Wilhelm
    Pages 180-188
  12. Arnold O. Benz
    Pages 189-203
  13. H. Hussmann, F. Sohl, J. Oberst
    Pages 208-229
  14. M. Grott, H. Hussmann, J. Oberst, M. Wählisch
    Pages 230-252
  15. F. Sohl, F. W. Wagner, H. Hussmann, M. Grott
    Pages 253-281
  16. Martin Knapmeyer
    Pages 282-322
  17. Doris Breuer
    Pages 323-344

About this book


The last few decades have been called the “Golden Age of Astronomy”. The rapid increase of knowledge in the field necessitates publishing a new edition of the Astronomy and Astrophysics volumes of the Landolt-Boernstein. The title is now “Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology”. Cosmology has been added in order to make allowances for the increasing role of extragalactic astrophysics and cosmology. The present volume VI/4B on the “Solar System” is the first to be published of the new series. Volume VI/4A on “Instruments and Methods” will follow soon. Additional volumes on “Stars”, the “Galaxy”, “Galaxies, Large Scale Structure and Cosmology” are in the planning stage. The previous volumes covering the Solar System appeared in 1965, 1981 and 1993. In the meantime multi-wavelength observations of the sun – by ground based and space borne telescopes – have produced a wealth of new data. The same is true for telescopic and/or in situ investigations of the planets, moons, asteroids, meteors, meteorites, interplanetary dust, solar wind etc. The use of units for physical quantities in the present volume follows largely the rules given by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), c.f., which favour the international system (SI) of units. However, the centimetre-gram-second (CGS) system is used in some sections of the present volume, since it is still dominating in certain areas of astrophysics. A table with unit conversion of CGS to SI is given on the inside of the back cover of this book.


asteroids astronomy astrophysics interplanetary dust meteorites meteors moons planets solar system solar wind sun

Editors and affiliations

  • J.E. Trümper
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial PhysicsGarchingGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-88054-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-88055-4
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-9573
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