Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn

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Explores the relationship between the Sun and the solar system's two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, from the point of view of a planetary scientist, examining their role as recorders of the formation of the solar system.

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Jupiter and Saturn are the two largest planets in the solar system and the first two gas giant planets encountered when moving away from the Sun. They are both immensely complicated systems not unlike miniature solar systems on their own: Jupiter has 63 known moons and its own ring system, whereas Saturn is famous for its rings and 62 known moons. Astronomers are finding with some regularity new, distant moons orbiting each of these planets, so their number of known satellites continues to grow.

Jupiter and Saturn, Revised Edition presents comprehensive and up-to-date information on these two fascinating planets in our solar system. Divided in two parts, this full-color resource discusses how these planets were discovered, basic data on the planets, new observations and current research findings, and much more.

Chapters include:

  • Jupiter: Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
  • The Interior of Jupiter
  • Jupiter's Surface Appearance and Conditions
  • Jupiter's Rings and Moons
  • Missions to Jupiter
  • Saturn: Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
  • Saturn's Interior: Composition and Magnetic Field
  • Saturn's Surface Appearance and Conditions
  • Saturn's Rings and Moons
  • Missions to Saturn
  • An Environment for Life? Titan, Enceladus, and Europa
  • Conclusions: The Known and Unknown.


Publisher: New York : Facts on File, [2011]
Edition: Revised edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780816076987
0816076987
Branch Call Number: 523.45 Elkins-Tanton 2011
Characteristics: xix, 276 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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