Series: Astronomers' Universe
297 pages, 57 colour & 76 b/w photos and illustrations, tables
Moons of the Solar System captures the complex world of planetary moons, which are more diverse than Earth's sole satellite might lead you to believe. New missions continue to find more of these planetary satellites, making an up to date guide more necessary than ever. Why do Mercury and Venus have no moons at all? Earth's Moon, of course, is covered in Moons of the Solar System with highly detailed maps. Then we move outward to the moons of Mars, then on to many of the more notable asteroid moons, and finally to a list of less-notable ones. All the major moons of the gas giant planets are covered in great detail, while the lesser-known satellites of these worlds are also touched on.
Readers will learn of the remarkable trans-Neptunian Objects – Pluto, Eris, Sedna, Quaoar -including many of those that have been given scant attention in the literature. More than just objects to read about, the planets' satellites provide us with important information about the history of the solar system. Projects to help us learn more about the moons are included throughout Moons of the Solar System. Most amateur astronomers can name some of the more prominent moons in the solar system, but few are intimately familiar with the full variety that exists in our backyard: 146 and counting. As our understanding of the many bodies in our solar system broadens, this is an invaluable tour of our expanding knowledge of the moons both near and far.
Notes on the Text
Part I: Moons
1: The Inner Planets: Mercury and Venus
2: Earth and Luna
9: Distant Minor Planets
Part II: Projects
11: The speed of light
12: Telescopic Moon Targets
13: Life On Moon Worlds
14: Citizen Science
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James A. Hall III holds an AA in Liberal Arts from Central Florida College, and a BA in English in Creative Writing (and a minor in Theatre) from the University of South Florida. He earned his MA in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Hall is the author of The Distant Suns and The Yesterday with No Tomorrow and has written six planetarium shows for the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Florida.