THE SOLAR SYSTEM by Patrick Moore


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The reader remains well grounded while Mr. Moore reveals the most important findings of the solar system as seen from a telescope. Introductory remarks mention the achievements of Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler and teach how a telescope operates. From here we take an educated look at the sun- its surroundings, the curious sunspots, its spectrum:- the moon -- its phases, atmosphere, surface, prevailing conditions. Eclipses of both these bodies are explained. We then focus our attention on the planets from Mercury to Pluto and come to know the ""canals"" of Mars, the belts and spots of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn as well as those strange phenomena, comets, meteors, asteroids and satellites. An evaluation of modern advances into space list the major ones (omitting Russia's most recent). This is a fine survey, intended for the interested though non-expert observer.

Pub Date: June 23rd, 1961
Publisher: Criterion