Department of Astronomy and Space Science

ASTR 371


Course No.

Course Title

No. of Units






Astr 371

Physics of the Solar System




Astr 202

Objectives of the course :

      The aim of this course is to concentrate the student knowledge on the solar system by studying the physics of the planets and their structure, atmospheres, and components .

Course Description:

      This course contains the following subjects : Origin and evolution of the solar system. The Planets and their satellites (motions, masses, densities , atmospheres, compositions). The planetary medium. The effects of the solar phenomenon and, he Solar winds on Earth (Van Allen belts, Aurora, Geomagnetic disturbances, Zodiacal light).

Main text and subsidiary books:

-          New Solar System, Beaty and Chaikin , 1990, 2nd eddition .

-          Dynamic Universe, Snow, 1987 .

-          Physics of Planetary Rings, A.M. Fridman, N.N. Gorkavyi. Springer (1999) .

-          Contemporary Astronomy, Pasachoff, 1984 .


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