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    DescriptionThis Very Short Introduction looks deep into space and describes the worlds that make up our Solar System: terrestrial planets, giant planets, dwarf planets and various other objects such as satellites (moons), asteroids and Trans-Neptunian objects. It considers how our knowledge has advanced over the centuries, and how it has expanded at a growing rate in recent years. David A. Rothery gives an overview of the origin, nature, and evolution of our Solar System, including the controversial issues of what qualifies as a planet, and what conditions are required for a planetary body to be habitable by life. He looks at rocky planets and the Moon, giant planets and their satellites, and how the surfaces have been sculpted by geology, weather, and impacts. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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    Title
    Planets: A Very Short Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David A. Rothery
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 106 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199573509
    ISBN 10: 0199573506
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PGS
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 710
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16480
    DC22: 523.4
    Abridged Dewey: 520
    LC classification: QB
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
    B&T Approval Code: A52702530
    Thema V1.0: PGS
    Illustrations note
    25 black and white halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    09 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Professor David Rothery became interested in astronomy as a schoolboy, and took a degree in geology at Cambridge University. He went on to a career in geological remote sensing at the Open University, where is now a Professor chairing planetary science courses and doing research in volanology and planetary science. He has been involved in various lunar and martian missions, and is now lead scientist for an X-ray spectrometer to be flown to Mercury on the BepiColombo spacecraft, and has chaired the European Space Agency's Mercury surface and composition working group since 2007.
    Review quote
    The writing style is exceptionally clear and pricise Astronomy Now
    Table of contents
    Introduction ; 1. Rocky planets ; 2. Giant planets ; 3. Satellites and rings ; 4. Asteroids ; 5. The Kuiper Belt ; 6. Exoplanets