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Planetology

(planetology)





Research into the solar system , known as planetology,planetary science, or planetary astronomy, covers a diverse section of the sciences , with areas of study ranging between microscopic grains and the gas giant planets . This, combined with the general comparisons with analogous systems on the Earth involves interdisciplinary work. Research tends to be done by a combination of ground based observations,remote spacecraft observations, and both experimental and theoretical work based on Earth. It shares many interests with the Earth Sciences .

When the discipline concerns itself with a celestial body in particular, a specialised term is used, as shown in the tablebelow (only Heliology, Geology and Selenology are in common use):

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


Basic Concepts:


General subfields within astronomy

Astrometry | Cosmology | Galactic astronomy | Extragalactic astronomy | Galaxy formation and evolution
Planetology | Stellar astronomy | Stellar evolution | Star formation



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