Faculty of Science

Centre for Planetary Sciences & Exploration

planetary science

Planetary Science is the study of the gaseous, rocky and icy bodies of the solar system and the processes by which planetary systems and their bodies form and evolve. The nvestigative methods of Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Geography and Environmental Science are used in the study of planetary atmospheres, surfaces and interiors, as well as in the origin and evolution of Earth and its relation to possible life elsewhere. Somewhere in a star-forming region of our galaxy nearly five billion years ago, the solar system formed. Planetary Science studies how this happened, leading to a better understanding of the processes that shaped the Earth and other planets. See how complex systems, such as the atmospheric dynamics that lead to the ordered non-equilibrium of the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, can arise from simple laws in Chemistry and Physics. Learn how to extrapolate the data of the solar system’s past and present to understand climate change and explore a sustainable future.

Centre Homepage: http://cpsx.uwo.ca/

Gordon Osinski gosinski@uwo.ca
Acting Director

Jennifer Heidenheim cpsx@uwo.ca
Administrative Coordinator 

Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration
Western University
Western Science Centre Room 121
University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x88508
Fax: (519) 488-4721