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The Secret Lives of Planets: A User's Guide to the Solar System

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Everyone's been looking up at the night sky this year as we've celebrated 50 years since Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.

Astronomer Paul Murdin's inside guide will help you learn all about the solar system and its planets and satellites.

It looks at the universe from a longer perspective and reveals how Saturn's moon, Titan, boasts lakes which contain liquid
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 11th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Leo
Aug 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
My 11 year old solar system geek approves and wants to read this.

(To be honest it’s not like much has changed over the years.)
Ellie
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murdin writes like a friendly old grandpa who is easily sidetracked by random anecdotes about crocodiles and honestly I dig it.
Artem
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book gives an overview of the planets included in our Solar system. ”Why do we care about other planets and why do we have to investigate them?” - Murdin answers these and many other questions in engaging and easy to read way. It is easy to find a lot of motivation in his book for people willing to study astronomy. It is full of facts, but they don't affect its readability. I enjoyed reading the book.
Paul
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short review of planets, jumping quickly between random trivia, history and, my least favourite, cutesy jokes and moralising on climate change. Every planet is introduced with basic stats and a "secret". The secret of earth is: "I was happy with the cyanobacteria, who changed the atmosphere for the better, but those humans are too many, they are messing everything up and I am thinking about getting rid of them.". Venus is also wondering if earth is going to end up like her.
Bree
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Pretty basic, but a great and up to date overview of our Solar System!
Jo
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Easy to read.
Jack Stannard
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"We may have the impression that the solar system is constant and perfectly regular like a clock. On a short timescale it is. But, seen in a longer perspective, the planets, and their satellites, have had exciting lives, full of drama," The Secret Lives of Planets by Paul Murdin.

'The Secret Lives of Planets' is the first non-fiction book I have read from start to finish. And I loved it. But then, I do absolutely love space. I find it impossible not to stare into the stars on a clear night,
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