Chapter 8. The Origin of Planetary Systems

  1. Stephen Eales

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch8

Planets and Planetary Systems

Planets and Planetary Systems

How to Cite

Eales, S. (2009) The Origin of Planetary Systems, in Planets and Planetary Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch8

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



  • origin of planetary systems;
  • Laplace's big idea;
  • protoplanetary disc;
  • CAI in Allende meteorite;
  • planetesimals to planetary embryos;
  • planetary embryos to planets;
  • collisions, the oort Cloud and planetary migration;
  • popular explanation of planetary migration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Laplace's big idea

  • The protoplanetary disc

  • From dust to planetesimals

  • From planetesimals to planetary embryos

  • From planetary embryos to planets

  • Collisions, the Oort Cloud and planetary migration

  • Exercises

  • Further Reading