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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?

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

    Simon Bridge

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    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".
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