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Frank H. T. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801478239

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801478239.001.0001

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The Home Planet

The Home Planet

(p.8) Chapter 2 The Home Planet

Frank H. T. Rhodes

Cornell University Press

This chapter sets out to define the boundaries and explore the limits of the globe. After establishing the planet Earth as the central pivot around which the discussion will revolve, the chapter turns to a more extensive purview of the Earth's “neighborhood.” It argues that the Earth's surface alone does not define the boundaries of the planet itself, as the Earth's atmosphere must be considered, as well as its neighboring planets, Venus, Mars, and still others. Moreover, there are other celestial bodies that are situated around the “home planet”—the sun, moon, and stars—to name a few. Furthermore, while the Earth is indeed central to this discussion, the chapter also situates the globe in the periphery of these other celestial bodies.

Keywords:   home planet, solar system, planets, stars, satellites, celestial bodies, astronomy

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