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Planetary science

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Planetary science, also known as planetology or planetary astronomy, is the science of planets and the solar system, and incorporates an interdisciplinary approach drawing from diverse sciences. Planetary science may be considered a part of the Earth sciences, or more logically, as its parent field. Research tends to be done by a combination of astronomy, space exploration (particularly unmanned space missions), and comparative, experimental and meteorite work based on Earth. There is also an important theoretical component and considerable use of computer simulation.

Planetary science studies objects ranging in size from micrometeoroids to gas giants, their composition, dynamics and history.

When the discipline concerns itself with a celestial body in particular, a specialised term is used, as shown in the table below (only Heliology, Earth science, Selenology, and Areology are currently in common use):

Body Term
Sun Heliology
Mercury Hermeology
Venus Cytherology
Earth Earth science
Moon Selenology
Mars Areology
Jupiter Zenology
Saturn Kronology
Uranus Uranology
Neptune Poseidology
Pluto Hadeology

Basic Concepts:

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General subfields within astronomy

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Astrometry | Astrophysics | Cosmology | Galactic astronomy | Extragalactic astronomy | Galaxy formation and evolution | Planetary science | Stellar astronomy | Stellar evolution | Star formation

See also

de:Planetologie fi:Planeettatiede fr:Plantologie id:Ilmu planet it:Planetologia ja:惑星科学 nl:Planetologie pt:Planetologia pl:Nauki planetarne sk:Planetolgia sl:Planetologija

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