Originally printed by Cambridge University Press in 2017, the book has been translated by an Iranian university instructor Arsia Moghtaderi (PhD) and released by Vasef Lahiji Publishing in 1000 copies.
Introducing planetary photometry as a quantitative remote sensing tool, this handbook demonstrates how reflected light can be measured and used to investigate the physical properties of bodies in our Solar System.
The author explains how data gathered from telescopes and spacecraft are processed and used to infer properties such as the size, shape, albedo, and composition of celestial objects including planets, moons, asteroids, and comets.
‘Introduction to Planetary Photometry’ begins with an overview of the history and background theory of photometry, later chapters delve into the physical principles behind commonly used photometric models and the mechanics of observation, data reduction, and analysis.
Real-world examples, problems, and case studies are included, all at an introductory level suitable for new graduate students, planetary scientists, amateur astronomers and researchers looking for an overview of this field.
Michael K. Shepard is Professor of Geosciences at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, specialising in remote sensing, planetary photometry and asteroid studies. He is the author of the popular science book ‘Asteroids: Relics of Ancient Time’ (Cambridge, 2015), articles for popular science magazines like ‘Sky’ and ‘Telescope’, and a guest science column for the regional ‘Press Enterprise’ newspaper.