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FEATURED TITLE: Planets: A Very Short Introduction

By David A. Rothery
Planets: A Very Short Introduction

What qualifies as a planet? What conditions are required for a planetary body to be potentially inhabited by life? Why does Pluto no longer have planet status? And Is there life on other planets? Planets: A Very Short Introduction demonstrates the excitement, uncertainties, and challenges faced by planetary scientists, and provides an overview of our Solar System and its origins, nature, and evolution.

Read Chapter 1. The Solar System, investigates how long people have been aware of the planets, when planets were first identified, when their distance from Earth was first estimated, and how.