|AST 307 · Introductory Astronomy
Chapter 6 Oct. 1
- How do astronomers measure the distance to a planet,
the radius of a planet, the mass of a planet, and the
density of a planet (in our solar system)?
- Describe ways in which the terrestrial planets are
similar to each other, ways in which the Jovian planets
are similar, and ways in which the Jovian planets differ
from the terrestrial planets.
Two choices for the next week:
- How does the atmosphere of a planet affect its surface
temperature? - the greenhouse effect
Why do the different terrestrial planets have such
different atmospheres? How do these differences affect
their temperatures and habitabilities?
- How did the planets form?
How can we observe planets around other stars?
How can we study the process of formation of planets
around other stars?