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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Tucson : University of Arizona Press ; Houston : Lunar and Planetary Institute, ©2004
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
M Festou; H U Keller; Harold A Weaver
|Description:||xvii, 745 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm.|
|Series Title:||University of Arizona space science series.|
|Other Titles:||Comets 2
|Responsibility:||M.C. Festou, H.U. Keller, H.A. Weaver, editors ; with 88 collaborating authors ; foreword by Richard P. Binzel.|
Table of Contents:
A Brief Conceptual History of Cometary Science / M. C. Festou, H. U. Keller, and H. A. Weaver -- Overview of Cometary Science / M. F. A'Hearn -- The Cycle of Matter in Our Galaxy: From Clouds to Comets / W. M. Irvine and J. I. Lunine -- Composition and Evolution of Interstellar Clouds / D. H. Wooden, S. B. Charnley, and P. Ehrenfreund -- From Molecular Clouds to Circumstellar Disks / A. P. Boss -- The Observation of Circumstellar Disks: Dust and Gas Components / A. Dutrey, A. Lecavelier des Etangs, and J.-C. Augereau -- From Icy Grains to Comets / S. J. Weidenschilling -- Coupled Physical and Chemical Evolution of Volatiles in the Protoplanetary Disk: A Tale of Three Elements / J. I. Lunine and D. Gautier -- From Interstellar Material to Comet Particles and Molecules / P. Ehrenfreund, S. B. Charnley, and D. Wooden -- Cometary Orbit Determination and Nongravitational Forces / D. K. Yeomans, P. W. Chodas, G. Sitarski, S. Szutowicz, and M. Królikowska -- Oort Cloud Formation and Dynamics / L. Dones, P. R. Weissman, H. F. Levison, and M. J. Duncan -- The Kuiper Belt and the Primordial Evolution of the Solar System / A. Morbidelli and M. E. Brown -- Dynamical Evolution of Ecliptic Comets / M. Duncan, H. Levison, and L. Dones -- Current Questions in Cometary Dynamics / H. Rickman -- In Situ Observations of Cometary Nuclei / H. U. Keller, D. Britt, B. J. Buratti, and N. Thomas -- The Sizes, Shapes, Albedos, and Colors of Cometary Nuclei / P. L. Lamy, I. Toth, Y. R. Fernandez, and H. A. Weaver -- Radar Studies of Comet Nuclei and Grain Comae / J. K. Harmon, M. C. Nolan, S. J. Ostro, and D. B. Campbell -- Rotation of Cometary Nuclei / N. H. Samarasinha, B. E. A. Mueller, M. J. S. Belton, and L. Jorda -- Split Comets / H. Boehnhardt -- Physical and Chemical Evolution of Cometary Nuclei / K. J. Meech and J. Svoren -- Structure and Density of Cometary Nuclei / P. R. Weissman, E. Asphaug, and S. C. Lowry -- Modeling the Structure and Activity of Comet Nuclei / D. Prialnik, J. Benkhoff, and M. Podolak -- The Composition of Cometary Volatiles / D. Bockele-Morvan, J. Crovisier, M. J. Mumma, and H. A. Weaver -- Spectroscopic Investigations of Fragment Species in the Coma / P. D. Feldman, A. L. Cochran, and M. R. Combi -- Photometry and Imaging of the Coma with Narrowband Filters / D. G. Schleicher and T. L. Farnham -- Nucleus-Coma Structural Relationships: Lessons from Physical Models / J. F. Crifo, M. Fulle, N. I. Kömle, and K. Szego -- Physical Processes and Chemical Reactions in Cometary Comae / S. D. Rodgers, S. B. Charnley, W. F. Huebner, and D. C. Boice -- Gas Dynamics and Kinetics in the Cometary Coma: Theory and Observations / M. R. Combi, W. M. Harris, and W. H. Smyth -- Composition and Mineralogy of Cometary Dust / M. S. Hanner and J. P. Bradley -- Motion of Cometary Dust / M. Fulle -- Physical Properties of Cometary Dust from Light Scattering and Thermal Emission / L. Kolokolova, M. S. Hanner, A.-Ch. Levasseur-Regourd, and / B. Å. S. Gustafson -- Global Solar Wind Interaction and Ionospheric Dynamics / W.-H. Ip -- X-Ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Emission from Comets / C. M. Lisse, T. E. Cravens, and K. Dennerl -- Surface Characteristics of Transneptunian Objects and Centaurs from Photometry and Spectroscopy / M. A. Barucci, A. Doressoundiram, and D. P. Cruikshank -- From Cradle to Grave: The Rise and Demise of the Comets / D. C. Jewitt -- The Interplanetary Dust Complex and Comets / M. V. Sykes, E. Grün, W. T. Reach, and P. Jenniskens -- Laboratory Experiments on Cometary Materials / L. Colangeli, J. R. Brucato, A. Bar-Nun, R. L. Hudson, and M. H. Moore.
Situates comet science in the global context of astrophysics by beginning with a series of chapters that describe the connection between stars and planets. Continues with a presentation of the formation and evolution of planetary systems, showing the role played in our own solar system by the icy planetesimals that were the seeds of the giant planets and transneptunian objects. Then presents the key results obtained during the 1990s, in particular those collected during the apparition of the exceptional comets C/Hyakutake and C/Hale-Bopp in 1996-1997. The results obtained from the in situ exploration of comets P/Borrelly and P/Wild 2 are also discussed.
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