The study of the Solar system, particularly of its newly discovered outer parts, is one of the hottest topics in modern astrophysics with great potential for revealing fundamental clues about the origin of planets and even the emergence of life.
The three lecturers of the 35th Saas-Fee Advanced Course cover the field from observational, theoretical and numerical perspectives. Highly sensitive, wide-field electronic detectors have enabled the discovery and the exploration of the Kuiper Belt, while fast computers allow us to make numerical simulations with a degree of sophistication that was previously unimaginable. Additionally, our perception of the Solar system in the bigger context of the galactic disk is changing, particularly as we detect planets encircling other stars. This volume reviewing what we know about the Solar system is therefore extremely timely, and the style it is written in conveys the excitement this field of reserch holds.
Advanced Students of Astronomy.
- Kuiper Belt Objects
- Origin of life
- Planet formation
- Planetary system
- Transneptunian Objects
Table of contents:
- David Jewitt: Kuiper Belt and Comets: An Observational Perspective
- Alessandro Morbidelli: Comets and Their Reservoirs: Current Dynamics and Primordial Evolution
- Heike Rauer: Comets
Springer Berlin, 2007
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