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The branch of astronomy that deals with the composition and structure of the planets of the solar system and with the relationships, similarities, and differences between them.

plan′e·to·log′i·cal (plăn′ĭ-tl-ŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
plan′e·tol′o·gist n.
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(Astronomy) astronomy the study of the origin, composition, and distribution of matter in the planets
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(ˌplæn ɪˈtɒl ə dʒi)

the study of the planets.
plan`e•to•log′i•cal (-tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
plan`e′tol′o•gist, n.
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the branch of astronomy that studies the planets. — planetologist, n. — planetologic, planetological, adj.
See also: Astronomy
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"This is the first time scientists have definitive evidence for the presence of water ice on the surface," lead author Shuai Li of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology told AFP.
To put it simply, without the Moon there probably would be no life on Earth," says Thorsten Kleine, Professor of Planetology at the University of ME-nster.
However, the research did not explain how methane came to exist on Mars and no other spikes of it have been detected in the 20 months of data analyzed by a team of scientists led by Marco Giuranna from the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology in Rome, Italy.
Comparative planetology helps to gauge order, flow, and complexity among planets generally by applying the same kind of thermodynamic analyses performed above for stars and galaxies.
Anupam Misra from the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology for their assistance with materials analysis.