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Planets: A Very Short Introduction

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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

Series: Very Short Introduction Series Volume: 254

By: David A Rothery (Author)

135 pages, 25 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2010 | #187388 | ISBN-13: 9780199573509
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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.

"The writing style is exceptionally clear and precise"
– Astronomy Now


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

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