1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Difference between Astrophysics and Planetary Science?

  1. Oct 26, 2013 #1
    What are the main differences between Astrophysics* and Planetary Science? What are their roles? And, which of the two is responsible for the first cloud map of a planet outside of our solar system?
    http://www.space.com/23043-alien-planet-cloud-map-image-kepler-7b.html

    *I mean just the Planet Formation and Evolution part.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 26, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member
    2016 Award

    Planetary science is properly a subset of astrophysics.
    Neither and both are "responsible" for the cloud map of an exo-planet.
    Who gets the credit depends on where it was first published... but, since the map is from direct observation, I'd say it was "astronomy".
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook