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Cowan and Fujii 2017

Cowan, N.B., and Y. Fujii, 2017: Mapping exoplanets. In Handbook of Exoplanets. H.J. Deeg and J.A. Belmonte, Eds., Springer International, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30648-3_147-1.

The varied surfaces and atmospheres of planets make them interesting places to live, explore, and study from afar. Unfortunately, the great distance to even the closest exoplanets makes it impossible to resolve their disk with current or near-term technology. It is still possible, however, to deduce spatial inhomogeneities in exoplanets provided that different regions are visible at different times — this can be due to rotation, orbital motion, and occultations by a star, planet, or moon. Astronomers have so far constructed maps of thermal emission and albedo for short-period giant planets. These maps constrain atmospheric dynamics and cloud patterns in exotic atmospheres. In the future, exo-cartography could yield surface maps of terrestrial planets, hinting at the geophysical and geochemical processes that shape them.

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  author={Cowan, N. B. and Fujii, Y.},
  editor={Deeg, H. J. and Belmonte, J. A.},
  title={Mapping exoplanets},
  booktitle={Handbook of Exoplanets},
  publisher={Springer International},

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ID  - co02010y
AU  - Cowan, N. B.
AU  - Fujii, Y.
ED  - Deeg, H. J.
ED  - Belmonte, J. A.
PY  - 2017
TI  - Mapping exoplanets
BT  - Handbook of Exoplanets
DO  - 10.1007/978-3-319-30648-3_147-1
PB  - Springer International
ER  -

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