Astronomers' Universe

Exploring the Ocean Worlds of Our Solar System

Authors: Henin, Bernard

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  • Offers readers a comprehensive and comparative overview of the five bodies in our Solar System that  have evidence of a subsurface ocean, as well as other bodies that could theoretically have a subsurface ocean
  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the research and related subjects, such as the origin of water in our Solar System and the importance of the frost line
  • Addresses common misconceptions, misunderstandings, and false claims made in the media and existing literature about ocean worlds
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In the last 25 years, planetary science experienced a revolution, as vast oceans of liquid water have been discovered within the heart of the icy moons of our Solar System. These subsurface oceans lie hidden under thick layers of ice. We call them ocean worlds.

Some of these icy moons, such as Ganymede, may hold two to three times more liquid water than all the water present on Earth, while others, such as Enceladus and Europa, are thought by astrobiologists to be our best hope of finding extraterrestrial life.

In this book, we will explore and compare a variety of Solar System ocean worlds, meeting in the process 22 of the most intriguing objects, from the giant asteroid Ceres to the enigmatic, distant Sedna. In doing so, we will also encounter the multiple spacecraft that brought back most of what we know of these worlds (Pioneers, Voyagers, Cassini-Huygens, etc.), as well as the latest scientific research on this new topic.

We will also entertain the possibility of life on each of these ocean worlds by assessing their habitability, as ultimately, these ocean worlds might hold the key to answering the fundamental questions in life: How did life appear? Where do we come from? Is there life out there? 

With the contributions of leading planetary scientists from NASA, ESA, and other institutions, this book aims to be the go-to reference for anyone wanting to know more about this fascinating topic.

About the authors

Bernard is a member of the Sherwood Observatory in the United Kingdom (home to the second largest telescope in the country, which is freely accessible for public viewing), where he regularly does public outreach activities related to planetary science. Writing a book on astronomy felt like the next logical step in raising awareness of the incredible solar system we inhabit. Bernard has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science and has written articles related to world culture for international magazines. Originally from Belgium, he has also lived in the USA, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.   

Reviews

“Henin is almost exclusively interested in these subsurface oceans for their potential to host extraterrestrial microbes. … his book provides an up-to-the-minute overview of a very interesting topic, … Summing Up: Recommended. With the caveat above. Undergraduates and general readers.” (B. M. Simonson, Choice, Vol. 56 (11), July, 2019)


 

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Voyagers’ Tale

    Pages 3-20

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  • The Frost Line

    Pages 21-31

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  • Life on Earth and in Space

    Pages 33-75

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  • Ganymede

    Pages 79-96

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  • Callisto

    Pages 97-109

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Softcover $29.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploring the Ocean Worlds of Our Solar System
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93476-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93476-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-93475-4
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 303
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
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