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  1. ASTM001/MAS423 SOLAR SYSTEM Carl Murray Lecture 1: Introduction

  2. The Solar System

  3. Mercury • Unusual rotation • Anomalous precession • Do Vulcanoids exist?

  4. Venus • Unusual rotation • Lack of small craters • Atmosphere

  5. Earth • Liquid water • Atmosphere • Life! • Few impact craters

  6. The Earth and Moon

  7. The Moon • Formation? • Asymmetric faces • Synchronous • Receding

  8. Mars • Polar caps • Unusual rotation • Liquid water? • Life? • Eccentric orbit

  9. Asteroids • Formation? • Orbital evolution • Rotation • Satellites • NEOs

  10. Jupiter • Gas giant • Role in orbital evolution • Satellite system • Ring system • Resonances! • Vulcanism!

  11. Saturn • Gas giant • Ring system • Satellite system • Resonances! • Vulcanism?

  12. Saturn’s Rings • Intricate structure • Embedded satellites? • Gaps • Narrow rings • Eccentric rings • Diffuse rings • Lifetime problem

  13. Uranus • Unusual rotation • Narrow ring system • No resonances! • Inclination of Miranda • Orbital evolution

  14. The Uranus System

  15. Neptune • Lack of satellites • Retrograde Triton • Eccentric Nereid • Unusual ring system

  16. Neptune’s Rings • Radial confinement? • Azimuthal confinement? • Embedded satellites? • Stability

  17. Pluto • Single moon • Unusual rotation • Orbital evolution • Is it a planet?

  18. Comets • Origin? • Evolution? • Threat? • Density?

  19. Comet Halley

  20. Some Questions • How did the solar system form? • How do solar systems form? • What determines their dynamical evolution? • Is the solar system stable? • How do we solve the ring lifetime problems?