Astronomers' Universe

Moons of the Solar System

From Giant Ganymede to Dainty Dactyl

Authors: Hall III, James A.

  • Introduces every moon, including Earth's Moon and the recently discovered Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), that is currently known in the solar system, not just the bigger, more well-known ones
  • Contains helpful project suggestions for observing the various moons of other planets
  • Offers an extensive gallery of photos of planetary moons
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About this book

This book 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 the book 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 the book. 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.

About the authors

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.

Reviews

“Hall provides a travel guide for the many worlds out in the solar system. … The book also contains suggestions for observing projects and ‘homework problems’ that any interested person can do. … it is a good reference, worthy of any space enthusiast’s bookshelf. … Summing Up: Recommended. All library collections.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 53 (8), April, 2016)


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eBook £15.99
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Softcover £19.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-20635-6
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moons of the Solar System
Book Subtitle
From Giant Ganymede to Dainty Dactyl
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-20636-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-20636-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-20635-6
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 297
Number of Illustrations and Tables
76 b/w illustrations, 57 illustrations in colour
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