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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199573506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199573509
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 1.3 x 11.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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The writing style is exceptionally clear and pricise (Astronomy Now)

About the Author

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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By J. Morris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
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The Very Short Introduction series are written by professors of the subject and are aimed at provoking cross-discipline intrigue in the reader that may incite further investigation and reading - and boy are they good at achieving exactly that; often they leave more questions than answers.

Planets details the solar system in general, then spends the majority (41/125 pages) talking about planets like Earth (Rocky Planets) before detailing the gas giants, satellites, rings, asteroids and trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) - the description of which are largely factual, with some postulation on the exact composition and formation that arise from each of the widely varied bodies.

I personally found the composition & formation of the gas giant's satellites the most interesting, referencing the missions that got us the data we have today, Europa, Io and Triton are intriguing places. It also deals with the whole Pluto classification furore. Rothery then finishes on the most intriguing thought of all; the question of life in the universe.

A deeply fascinating book, as well suited to the amateur astronomer as the professors as a quick reference book. Jam-packed with statistics and black & white photos of the planets/satellites/asteroids in question. Highly recommended!
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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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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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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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I bought this book as I was studying an OU course taught by the author. I found some information in there that came in handy when I submitted an assignment. The book itself is easy to follow and very light. The amount of information within it is very large, but an astronomy enthusiast could still go through it and remember the important parts easily.
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I just had to get this after completing the MOOC course by Future Learn / O U and whilst it is slightly dated now it was an enjoyable refresher for me
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