Planets: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | December 18, 2010

byDavid A. Rothery

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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 advancedover 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 andtheir satellites, and how the surfaces have been sculpted by geology, weather, and impacts.

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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 advancedover the centuries, and how it has expanded ...

Dr 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 senior lecturer chairing planetary science courses and doing research in volanology and planetary science. He has been involved...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:December 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573506

ISBN - 13:9780199573509

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Rocky planets2. Giant planets3. Satellites and rings4. Asteroids5. The Kuiper Belt6. Exoplanets