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Planets: A Very Short Introduction

Planets: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Very Short Introductions

By (author) David A. Rothery

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 152 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199573506
  • ISBN 13: 9780199573509
  • Illustrations note: 25 black and white halftones
  • Sales rank: 231,171

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This 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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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.

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Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Rocky planets ; 2. Giant planets ; 3. Satellites and rings ; 4. Asteroids ; 5. The Kuiper Belt ; 6. Exoplanets