The Solar System

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A complete guide to the Solar System including the Sun, all the planets, all the recognised dwarf planets & much else besides – major moons, asteroids, comets, meteoroids & more. You’ll also learn about the what lies beyond the Solar System, how the Solar System was formed & how it is expected to evolve in future. Contains numerous color pictures, illustrations & diagrams that will fascinate amateur astronomers & junior scientists.

1: The Solar System: A Whistle-Stop Tour
The Sun
The Planets
-How Many Planets?
-How Far are the Planets from the Sun?
-Planetary Orbits
-Planetary Rotation
-Types of Planets
Minor Planets, Dwarf Planets & Comets
-Minor Planets of the Inner Solar System – Asteroids
-Minor Planets of the Outer Solar System
-Dwarf Planets
-Comets
Meteoroids, Micrometeoroids & Space Dust
-Meteors & Meteorites
-Sources of Meteoroids & Micrometeoroids
-Meteor Showers & Meteor Storms
Moons
-How Many Moons are There?
-Can a Moon Have Its Own Moons?
-How Big Can Moons Be?
-How Small Can Moons Be?
-Orbital Characteristics of Moons
-Tidal Locking
-Trojan Satellites

2: The Sun
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Rotation
Study & Exploration

3: Mercury
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

4: Venus
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

5: Earth
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Study & Exploration
Orbit
Rotation
The Moon
Study & Exploration
Life

6: Mars
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

7: Jupiter
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Rings
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

8: Saturn
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Rings
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

9: Uranus
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Rings
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

10: Neptune
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Rings
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

11: Planet Nine
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Rings
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

12: Ceres
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Study & Exploration
Life?

13: Pluto
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

14: Haumea
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Ring
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

15: Makemake
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

16: Eris
Name & Discovery
Physical Characteristics
Orbit
Rotation
Moons
Study & Exploration
Life?

17: Beyond the Solar System
Stars
-Types of Stars
-Distances to Stars
-Other Solar Systems
Galaxies
-Types of Galaxies
-Our Galaxy – The Milky Way
Groups, Clusters & Superclusters

18: The History of the Solar System
The Big Bang
The First Stars
Later Stars
The Birth of the Solar System
The Formation of the Planets & Asteroids
-Terrestrial Planets
-Giant Planets
-The Asteroid Belt
-Planetary Migration
Moons
Late Heavy Bombardment

19: The Future of the Solar System
The Sun
The Planets
Moons
The Milky Way & the Local Group
The Ultimate Fate of the Universe

Conclusion

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Sunil Tanna