The Cambridge Planetary Handbook

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 3, 2000 - Nature - 336 pages
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The Cambridge Planetary Handbook is an invaluable reference text, bringing together key facts and data on the planets and their satellites, discoverers and researchers. It summarises many centuries' worth of data, from the earliest observations of the planets through to the most recent spaceprobe findings. The author discusses the history, mythology and theories of the main objects in our solar system, and provides a comprehensive information section with accurate and up-to-date data on the planets. The book contains excellent photography and explanatory illustrations, along with numerous historical drawings from Galileo, Huygens, Herschel and other astronomers. This book is a must for all astronomy enthusiasts, as well as academic researchers, students and teachers. Those unfamiliar with the sky will find this a user-friendly guide written in clear, non-technical language.
 

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Contents

Albedo
5
Brightness and size of the Sun from each planet
11
Distances from Sun
17
Future dates of opposition
24
Inclination of orbit
30
Satellites
38
Names of the planets Sun and Moon around the world
44
Rotational velocity equatorial
50
Planets
81
Mercury
83
Venus
105
Earth
134
Mars
165
Jupiter
203
Saturn
232
Uranus
261

Temperature range
56
Albedo
63
Density 65
67
Distance from planet
69
Eccentricity
71
Inclination of orbit 73
76
Orbital period
77
Size
79
Neptune
276
Pluto
297
Appendix A Short biographies of some astronomers
310
Appendix B Unit conversion table
315
Glossary
316
References and sources
334
Index
335
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