Planetary Science

Planetary science (rarely planetology) is the scientific study of planets (including Earth), moons, and planetary systems, in particular those of the Solar System and the processes that form them. It studies objects ranging in size from micrometeoroids to gas giants, aiming to determine their composition, dynamics, formation, interrelations and history. It is a strongly interdisciplinary field, originally growing from astronomy and earth science, but which now incorporates many disciplines, including planetary astronomy, planetary geology (together with geochemistry and geophysics), atmospheric science, oceanography, hydrology, theoretical planetary science, glaciology, and the study of extrasolar planets. Allied disciplines include space physics, when concerned with the effects of the Sun on the bodies of the Solar System, and astrobiology.

There are interrelated observational and theoretical branches of planetary science. Observational research can involve a combination of space exploration, predominantly with robotic spacecraft missions using remote sensing, and comparative, experimental work in Earth-based laboratories. The theoretical component involves considerable computer simulation and mathematical modelling.

Planetary scientists are generally located in the astronomy and physics or earth sciences departments of universities or research centres, though there are several purely planetary science institutes worldwide. There are several major conferences each year, and a wide range of peer-reviewed journals.

Read more about Planetary Science:  History, Comparative Planetary Science, Basic Concepts

Other articles related to "planetary science, planetary, science, sciences":

Lunar And Planetary Science Conference - LPSC Today
... contributed presentations that emphasize planetary processes and those related to planetary bodies ... matter to the conference and the quality of the science ... The conference features five full days of oral and poster sessions covering a variety of topics in planetary science research ...
Lunar And Planetary Science Conference - History
... Johnson announced the formation of the Lunar Science Institute (LSI) ... involving the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Academy of Science, Universities Research Association and several major universities ... operated by the National Academy of Sciences, the Universities Space Research Association took over the management of the Lunar Science Institute on December 11, 1969 ...
Lunar And Planetary Science Conference
... The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), jointly sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), brings together ... beginning in 1970, the LPSC has been a significant focal point for planetary science research, with more than 1700 planetary scientists and students attending from all over the world ...
Planetary Science - Basic Concepts
... moon Kuiper belt Magnetosphere Minor planet Planet Planetary differentiation Planetary system Definition of a planet Space weather Terrestrial planet ...
Australasian Strewnfield - References and Further Reading
... tektites found in Guangxi Province, China," 30th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, March 1999 ... tektites Investigating possible impact sites in Laos," Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Vol ... in the Sulu Sea," Proceedings of 24th Lunar and Planetary Science conference ...

Famous quotes containing the words science and/or planetary:

    Science is a dynamic undertaking directed to lowering the degree of the empiricism involved in solving problems; or, if you prefer, science is a process of fabricating a web of interconnected concepts and conceptual schemes arising from experiments and observations and fruitful of further experiments and observations.
    James Conant (1893–1978)

    What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
    Salvador Dali (1904–1989)