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Planets: A Very Short Introduction

David A. Rothery

November 2010

ISBN: 9780199573509

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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This Very Short Introduction 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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This Very Short Introduction 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.

  • Provides an overview of our Solar System and its origins, nature, and evolution
  • Considers controversial issues, such as what qualifies as a planet
  • Looks at different types of Solar System objects, such as asteroids, Trans-Neptunian objects, and exoplanets
  • Demonstrates the excitement, uncertainties, and challenges faced by planetary scientists

About the Author(s)

David A. Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University

Table of Contents

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

Reviews

"The writing style is exceptionally clear and pricise" - Astronomy Now

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