On Wed., December 3, USA Today published a half-page of recommendations on spectacular science books for the Christmas season. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the readers and budding astronomers on your list, consider what the paper said about Planetology:
“Astronomy always provides some of science’s most stunning images, and Planetology delivers the goods. More than a rundown of the diminished solar system, with Pluto and its brothers banished to “dwarf” status, the book delves into the forces, asteroid impacts, volcanism and erosion that sculpted Martian dunes, Mercury’s craters and Titan’s lakes. The book finishes with some speculation on the “Planetary Zoo” worlds orbiting nearby stars. “The holy grail of exoplanet searches is an Earth-like planet in the habitable zone around its star,” the authors write.
Check out Planetology at a nearby bookstore, and let me hear what you think.