Satellite and Ring Systems

  • Eugene F. Milone
  • William J. F. Wilson
Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)


After having studied the Earth’s Moon in Chap. 8, we now look at the moons of the other planets of the solar system. A quick look at the two moons of Mars is followed by a detailed examination of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter: Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. Topics include their surface features, interior composition and structure, and atmosphere. A survey of the intermediate-sized moons of Saturn, including Enceladus and its icy geysers, is followed by an extensive examination of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan: its dense atmosphere, surface features, and methane-ethane lakes. After discussing the moons of Uranus and Neptune, we look at the Pluto-Charon double dwarf planet system. The chapter concludes with a study of the rings of the giant planets, focusing on Saturn’s rings, and interactions between its moons and rings.


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  • Eugene F. Milone
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  • William J. F. Wilson
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  1. 1.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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