Giant Planets of Our Solar System: Atmospheres, Composition, and Structure 2nd ed. 2009 Edition

Ebook Details


Patrick Irwin

Year 2009
Pages 428
Publisher Springer
Language en
ISBN 9783540851578
File Size 12.02 MB
File Format PDF
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Ebook Description

This book reviews the current state of knowledge of the atmospheres of the giant gaseous planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The current theories of their formation are reviewed and their recently observed temperature, composition and cloud structures are contrasted and compared with simple thermodynamic, radiative transfer and dynamical models. The instruments and techniques that have been used to remotely measure their atmospheric properties are also reviewed, and the likely development of outer planet observations over the next two decades is outlined.This second edition has been extensively updated following the Cassini mission results for Jupiter/Saturn and the newest ground-based measurements for Uranus/Neptune as well as on the latest development in the theories on planet formation.