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Introduction to Comets : Cambridge Planetary Science - John C. Brandt

Introduction to Comets

Cambridge Planetary Science


Published: 3rd May 2004
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We have now reached an exciting time in cometary research. With several missions launched or about to be launched in the near future, cometary research is rapidly being driven forward. This book describes the wealth of information known prior to the return of Halley's comet, and the new information discovered since then. It presents material on important background topics including observational techniques, plasma physics, celestial mechanics, the solar wind and cosmogony. The science of comets is described in order of its discovery, from tail phenomena to coma morphology through to the most recent findings from space missions. The relationship between comets and asteroids is discussed, and future space missions to investigate comets are described. This comprehensive text is a complete and up-to-date treatment of the subject, suitable for graduate and advanced undergraduate students of astronomy and planetary science.

'... if you want to get a basic understanding of the science behind these enigmatic objects you should get yourself a copy. I don't think that there are any better books available for the general reader.' The Journal of the British Astronomical Association
"...provides a detailed discussion of almost every aspect of cometary phenomena." Alan Hale, Astronomy

Comets in history
Discovery and dynamics of comets
Observing and measuring techniques
Coma and related phenomena
Comets and the solar wind
The nucleus
Origins of comets
Comets and the solar system
The future of cometary research
Comet lore
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ISBN: 9780521004664
ISBN-10: 0521004667
Series: Cambridge Planetary Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 476
Published: 3rd May 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.6  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.07
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised