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Moons: A Very Short Introduction

David A. Rothery

November 2015

ISBN: 9780198735274

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Our Solar System contains more moons than planets. They show astonishing variety, and some look more likely than Mars to host microbial life. David Rothery describes these fascinating small worlds, their discovery, names, and what they can tell us about our Solar System.

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Our Solar System contains more moons than planets. They show astonishing variety, and some look more likely than Mars to host microbial life. David Rothery describes these fascinating small worlds, their discovery, names, and what they can tell us about our Solar System.

  • Introduces the reader to the moons of our Solar System, their discovery and naming
  • Explains the nature and influence of our Moon
  • Provides an up to date account detailing what we know about the nature and formation of other planets' moons from Voyager, Galileo, and other spacecraft
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

David A. Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University

David Rothery is Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University. He is a member of the BepiColombo science team (the European Space Agencyâs mission to Mercury), and chairs the Open Universityâs level 2 module on planetary science. He is also the lead academic for the Open University/FutureLearn Moons MOOC (massive open online course), and is the author of several books, including Planets: A Very Short Introduction.

Table of Contents

    1:The discovery and significance of moons
    2:The Moon
    3:The Moon's influence on us
    4:The moons of giant planets
    5:Giant planet regular satellites in close up
    6:The moons of Mars - captured asteroids
    7:Moons of small bodies
    8:Moons in other planetary systems: exomoons
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"an excellent introduction to Moons in a genuinely pocket-sized book that won't break the bank." - Astronomy Now

"delightful" - Lewis Dartnell, BBC Sky at Night

"A highly readable and informative book." - Network Reviews

"This small, densely packed paperback is a fantastic starting point for those interested in learning more about the 190 or so moons found within our solar system. Not merely a book of tables and facts about these celestial bodies, Moons covers the rich history of exploration and discovery along with the ideas that were shaped and moulded by astronomers across the ages." - Geoscientist

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