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planetology

(plan-ĕ-tol -ŏ-jee) The study of the planets of the Solar System – their history, internal and surface structures, and atmospheres – with particular regard as to how and why these differ from planet to planet.

Planetology

 

the branch of astrophysics devoted to the study of the physics of the planets in the solar system. The term “planetology” is used chiefly by specialists in earth science and rarely by astronomers.

planetology

[‚plan·ə′täl·ə·jē]
(astronomy)
Scientific study of the planets, in particular their surface markings.
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Well-known planetologists took part in the Symposium sessions and scientists from many countries were present: Gerard Kuiper, Garald Jurys, John Grey (USA), Zdenek Copal (Great Britain), Auduin Dolfus (France), Nicola Bonev (Bulgaria), Nikolai A.
But light curves obtained by the Kuiper Airborne Observatory during a 1988 occultation left planetologists with a puzzle.
Mars offers professional planetologists a laboratory for studying another world's atmosphere and weather, in particular the behavior of condensates (ice and frozen carbon dioxide).
OUR KNOWLEDGE OF MARTIAN GEOLOGY RECENTLY TOOK an exciting leap--but planetologists aren't quite sure what it means.
It is an interesting cultural experiment where we have brought a group of oceanographers and planetologists together to trade sea stories," Delaney observed at one such meeting in November 1996.
The astronomers determined that the composition of Mercury's outer surface differs considerably from that of the Moon, a conclusion that will force planetologists to reevaluate theories of how the planet formed.
Since our early forays into the solar system, many scientists have become "comparative planetologists.