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The Planets

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Samuel West

7 Hours 44 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers UK

May 2019

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'So staggering you go "whoa!" every few seconds' Guardian



'Really impressive' Eamonn Holmes, ITV This Morning


A companion book to the critically acclaimed BBC series.
The bestselling authors of Wonders of the Universe are back with another blockbuster, a groundbreaking exploration of our Solar System as it has never been seen before.

Mercury, a lifeless victim of the Sun's expanding power. Venus, once thought to be lush and fertile, now known to be trapped within a toxic and boiling atmosphere. Mars, the red planet, doomed by the loss of its atmosphere. Jupiter, twice the size of all the other planets combined, but insubstantial. Saturn, a stunning celestial beauty, the jewel of our Solar System. Uranus, the sideways planet and the first ice giant. Neptune, dark, cold and whipped by supersonic winds. Pluto, the dwarf planet, a frozen rock.

Andrew Cohen and Professor Brian Cox take readers on a voyage of discovery, from the fiery heart of our Solar System, to its mysterious outer reaches. They touch on the latest discoveries that have expanded our knowledge of the planets, their moons and how they come to be, alongside recent stunning and mind-boggling NASA photography.

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  • James K.

    This is one of the best books I have read in the recent past. The prose is almost poetic, and the narration exceptional. The authors paint a vivid picture of the solar system and its history. They bring to life the inferno-like Venus, the geysers of Enceladus, and the ice volcanoes of Charon. One rejoices at the enormous progress we have made and our breathtaking accomplishments. You will shed a grateful tear of joy for the wonderful Casseini, and send best wishes to the the lonely Voyager1 far out there in the interstellar space. As I was listening to the last chapters of the book, I wished the book wouldn't end. There is so much we don't yet know, and so much we may never know. What is lurking in the oceans of Ganymede? What would it be like on the outer planets and their moons when the Sun enters the red giant stage? So many questions, so many unknowns! If you have even a passing interest in space exploration, you will get tremendous pleasure reading this book.

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