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Professor David Rothery

Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences. He chairs modules in level 2 planetary science, and level 1 volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, and is the lead educator in the Moons MOOC.

Biography

Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences. In 2006 he was appointed UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer) on the European Space Agency mission to Mercury (to be launched in 2016).
His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.
Books include Planets: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), Geology: The Key Ideas [Teach Yourself Geology] (Hodder Education), Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (Hodder Education), Planet  Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World (Springer-Praxis).

Academic advisor for: Fracking: No need for all the fuss, OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 2 - Episode 1, OU on the BBC: The Search For Life - The Drake Equation: ARCHIVE

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Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury

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Discover Mercury: Safety advice for the Transit of Mercury Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
If you're planning on watching the Transit of Mercury, it's vital to take some basic steps to protect your sight. Here's some advice on how.

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Sumatra and Samoan earthquakes - coincidence and aftermath Copyrighted image Copyright: kewl, used under Creative Commons licence.
Comment posted by Satya Kurnia on 9th Aug 2015
I discover new thing about this article which is there is earthquake occur in Samoa island. Earthquake that occured in Samoa is rare but it happened in Padang, Indonesia which is my country. I...
Sumatra and Samoan earthquakes - coincidence and aftermath Copyrighted image Copyright: kewl, used under Creative Commons licence.
Comment posted by Satya Kurnia on 9th Aug 2015
I discover new thing about this article which is there is earthquake occur in Samoa island. Earthquake that occured in Samoa is rare but it happened in Padang, Indonesia which is my country. I...
Big moon rising Creative commons image Raja Singh under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by Joanna Jervis on 10th Aug 2014
:( Science ruins everything....
A day on Mercury Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/Brown University
Comment posted by Barry Cooper on 17th Apr 2014
Although it might seem unlikely, as Mercury is a rocky body so close to the Sun, it is not impossible in my reckoning. Mercury turns very slowly on its axis so although the day side of the planet...
Fracking: No need for all the fuss Creative commons image By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by Julia Trachsel on 10th Nov 2013
Sorry, meant to include the link to the New Brunswick, Canada, Fracking website where I obtained the quotes in used in my comment. http://nbfrackingresearch.com/

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Mythbusting moons
Comment posted by Professor David Rothery on 11th Aug 2014
Hi Jack ...
OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Comment posted by Professor David Rothery on 20th Jan 2012
Any condensed body with 4 million times the mass of the Sun could not sustain itself against collapse. There is no way it could have the same density as the Sun if its size (from other measurements...

Professor David Rothery's research

Jack Wright et al. (2016-02-05) Preliminary findings from geological mapping of the Hokusai (H5) quadrangle of Mercury, In 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Jack Wright et al. (2016-02-05) Preliminary observations of Rustaveli basin, Mercury, In 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2016)

Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2015-12-01) Explosive volcanism in complex impact craters on Mercury and the Moon: influence of tectonic regime on depth of magmatic intrusion, In Earth and Planetary Science Letters(431)

Professor David Rothery (2015-11-26) Moons: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press

Peter] [Fawdon et al. (2015-06-17) The geological history of Nili Patera, Mars, In Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 5(120)

Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2015-04) A cone on Mercury: analysis of a residual central peak encircled by an explosive volcanic vent, In Planetary and Space Science(108)

Peter] [Fawdon et al. (2015-03) Evolving magmas, explosive eruptions and hydrothermal deposits at Nili Patea Caldera, Syrtis Major, Mars, In 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

Professor David Rothery (2014-12-14) Planet Mercury - from Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World, Springer

Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014-10) Mechanisms of explosive volcanism on Mercury: implications from its global distribution and morphology, In Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 10(119)

Rebecca J. Thomas et al. (2014) Long-lived explosive volcanism on Mercury, In Geophysical Research Letters 17(41)

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