Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


  • Ralf Jaumann
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_1420-3



Selenology (Greek, Selene, “Moon,” and logos “speech, science”) is the science of the Moon. It comprises the study of the structure, composition, physical properties, dynamics, origin, and evolution of the Moon, as well as the processes that formed and shaped the Moon. The term selenology is not frequently used because scientifically and methodologically it is synonymous to “lunar geology.” Thus, the latter is commonly used instead of the term “selenology.”

See Also


Bioorganic Chemistry Geological Time Geological Time Scale Lunar Geology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DLR, Institut für PlanetenforschungBerlinGermany