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Introduction to Planetary Photometry

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  • Date Published: June 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107131743

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  • Introducing planetary photometry as a quantitative remote sensing tool, this handbook demonstrates how reflected light can be measured and used to investigate the physical properties of bodies in our Solar System. The author explains how data gathered from telescopes and spacecraft are processed and used to infer properties such as the size, shape, albedo, and composition of celestial objects including planets, moons, asteroids, and comets. Beginning with an overview of the history and background theory of photometry, later chapters delve into the physical principles behind commonly used photometric models and the mechanics of observation, data reduction, and analysis. Real-world examples, problems, and case studies are included, all at an introductory level suitable for new graduate students, planetary scientists, amateur astronomers and researchers looking for an overview of this field.

    • An introductory text on planetary photometry, providing an accessible overview of the field and a foundation for more advanced texts
    • Assumes little specific background knowledge, providing readers new to the field with the knowledge and tools they need to use this technique in practice
    • Many concepts and equations are derived from first principles, promoting a deeper understanding of the theory of planetary photometry
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    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107131743
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 8 tables 40 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. A brief history of planetary photometry
    2. Photometry conventions, terminology, and standards
    3. The mechanics of planetary observing
    4. The physical basis of photometric scattering models
    5. Planetary reflectance and basic scattering laws
    6. Planetary disk-integrated photometry
    7. Planetary disk-resolved photometry
    References
    Index.

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    Introduction to Planetary Photometry

    Michael K. Shepard

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    Michael K. Shepard, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
    Michael K. Shepard is Professor of Geosciences at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, specialising in remote sensing, planetary photometry and asteroid studies. He is the author of the popular science book Asteroids: Relics of Ancient Time (Cambridge, 2015), articles for popular science magazines like Sky and Telescope, and a guest science column for the regional Press Enterprise newspaper. He has previously worked at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

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