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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.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
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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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

planetology

[‚plan·ə′täl·ə·jē]
(astronomy)
Scientific study of the planets, in particular their surface markings.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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