the study of the geography or physical features of planets
OED records the broader sense ‘the branch of knowledge that deals with the planets; a treatise on or description of the planets’ from the 1730s.
All the various Boards and Offices and Bureaus concerned with space, astronomy, astrogation and planetography.
Second Stage Lensmen in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 33/2
Spent a hundred years external time knocking around, till I got a chance to make a comeback. Planetography’s a sort of hobby with me, which is the only reason I come to your parties, Valti, you kettle-bellied old fraud. Tell me, captain, did you ever touch at Procyon?
Long Way Home in Astounding Science Fiction Apr. 39/1
1960 Analog Science Fact & Fiction Oct. 33/1
Got to know enough about it through an elementary planetography.
The physical features of Mote Prime are of some interest, particularly to ecologists concerned with the effects of intelligent life on planetography.
Mote in God’s Eye (1975) iii. xxvi. 244
Out beyond, eight parsecs away, was Anacreon, the nearest largest planet… You know its position relative to Terminus and the Galactic core; you've studied its planetography and history.
Foundation's Edge (1983) vi. 85
His programming skills were at least as good as mine, and his planetography intuition was superb.
Expendable (1997) 68
His knowledge of local planetography was poor—it simply hadn’t been important.
Long Way Home in Year’s Best Science Fiction 29 (2012) 285
"Doc" Smith, in Astounding
Research HistoryMalcolm Farmer submitted a 1955 cite from Poul Anderson's "The Long Way Home".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite from Jay Lake.
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