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Planets: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Paperback]

David A. Rothery
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25 Nov 2010 Very Short Introductions
discusses the nature of planets and gas giants, and their rings and moons. It also looks beyond Pluto, in the Kuiper Belt, at the knowledge we have about planets around other stars. With many striking photos to illustrate the details, it demonstrates the unique world of every planet.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (25 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199573506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199573509
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The writing style is exceptionally clear and pricise (Astronomy Now)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book covers more than just the Planets and describes the Solar System succinctly. Superb chapters on Europa and some of the other satellites.
A scientific book that is a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 5 Feb 2013
By jayne
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Lovely little book - great to accompany astronomy courses or just for a general knowledge - this is well written and easy to read .
a great coffee table book and a welcome addition to any book case
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compact but fascinating 3 Oct 2011
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I thought I knew a lot about the solar system and planets in general but it turns out I'd barely scratched the surface and I was hanging onto many scientific assumptions that have been debunked or revised in the past ten years. The chapter on Exoplanets and the debate about Pluto's status are particular highlights, did you know the largest planet astronomers have thus far discovered is ten times the size of Jupiter? Filled with amazing facts such as these.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planets 24 Nov 2013
By jcc285
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A good introduction much in keeping with the series. I like this simple format as it is easy to follow
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