Chapter 5. The Atmospheres of the Planets

  1. Stephen Eales

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch5

Planets and Planetary Systems

Planets and Planetary Systems

How to Cite

Eales, S. (2009) The Atmospheres of the Planets, in Planets and Planetary Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch5

Author Information

  1. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470016923

Online ISBN: 9780470721780



  • atmosphere of planets;
  • temperature in Earth's atmosphere depending on height;
  • composition of atmospheres of Earth, Venus, Mars and Titan;
  • spectroscopy and optical spectra of Uranus and Neptune;
  • weather on Earth and elsewhere;
  • three Hadley cells in Earth's northern hemisphere;
  • planetary atmospheres - origin and evolution;
  • Earth's original atmosphere composition


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The atmosphere of the Earth

  • The other planets

  • The weather on the Earth and elsewhere

  • The origin and evolution of planetary atmospheres

  • Exercises

  • Further Reading and Web Sites