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Fraser
2004-Jan-08, 12:16 AM
SUMMARY: Our solar system is our neighbourhood. It is what supports our life, sets us apart from other regions of space and even protects us from extra-solar visitors. Yet our knowledge of this region is frustratingly incomplete. Not only is the physical space dauntingly large but the time scale of its existence is equally vast. Giovanni Caprara in his book "The Solar System" provides us with an up to date account of what we have observed in our solar system and demonstrates some of the physical processes taking place both now and at earlier times.

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om@umr.edu
2004-Jan-08, 12:55 AM
Originally posted by fraser@Jan 8 2004, 12:16 AM
SUMMARY: Our solar system is our neighbourhood. It is what supports our life, sets us apart from other regions of space and even protects us from extra-solar visitors. Yet our knowledge of this region is frustratingly incomplete. Not only is the physical space dauntingly large but the time scale of its existence is equally vast. Giovanni Caprara in his book "The Solar System" provides us with an up to date account of what we have observed in our solar system and demonstrates some of the physical processes taking place both now and at earlier times.

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Dear Fraser :D :

Thanks for the review of this book on the Solar System :lol: .
It sounds great :rolleyes: .

You say Caprara provides an up-to-date account of observation on the solar system :D.

I hope that is correct!

Does he mention observations that are unpopular in the space science community?
1. The finding of rocky, Earth-like planets orbiting a pulsar?
2. Indications of a pulsar at the core of the Sun?
3. Evidence of mass separation in the Sun?
4. Evidence of an iron-rich solar interior?
5. Linked elemental and isotopic variations in the solar system?
6. "Strange" xenon in Jupiter?

If Caprara mentions these, his book fills a real need!

With kind regards,

Oliver :D
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