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Course Postgraduate
Semester Sem. I
Subject Code ESA615
Subject Title Planetary Sciences


Overview of Solar system - Dynamics: Two-body problem, Three-Body Problem (Lagrangian points) - Resonances - Tidal forces - Solar energy balance and transport: Radiative Equilibrium - Planetary Atmospheres: Structure, Composition, Atmospheric Escape - Planetary surfaces: Surface morphology - Impact cratering - Minor Bodies: Meteories, Asteroids, Comets, Minor planets, Trans-Neptunian Objects, Centaurs - Planetary rings - Planet formation: Evolution of protoplanetary disks, Growth of solid bodies, Formation of Terrestrial and Giant planets - Planetary Migration: - Extrasolar Planets: Detection techniques - Estimating planetary masses, sizes, orbital parameters -- Habitable zones: factors influencing habitable zone - continuously habitable zone - Missions to study Planets and Extrasolar planets: Overview and Results

Text Books

Same as Reference


1. Fundamental Planetary Science: Jack Lissauer & Imke de Pater (Latest Edition) - Cambridge University Press
2. The Solar System: Therese Encrenaz and Jean-Pierre Bibring (Latest Edition) - Astronomy and Astrophysics Library, Springer
3. The Origin and Evolution of the Solar System: Michael M. Woolfson - IoP CRC Press
4. Moons and Planets, W.K. Houtmann, Wadsworth Publishing Company 4th Ed.
5. Exoplanets - Edited by Sara Seager - University of Arizona Press 2011