Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 12, 2010 - Science
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Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy. Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification. This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet. Besides Pluto, the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth–Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the largest innermost member. Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.
  

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User Review  - mariesansone - LibraryThing

Author Barrie W. Jones, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University, selects the "tiny distant world" of Pluto to launch a far-ranging discussion of ... Read full review

Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System

User Review  - Denise Dayton - Book Verdict

Pluto's 2006 demotion from planet to dwarf did nothing to diminish its interest to astronomers. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will reach Pluto in 2015—What will it find and why does it matter? Jones ... Read full review

Contents

The discovery of Uranus Neptune and Pluto
37
a diminishing world
74
Plutos family
93
The EdgeworthKuiper belt
146
Is Pluto a planet?
169
TheNew Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond
183
gateway to beyond?
195
Glossary
207
Further reading and other resources
213
Index
226
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Barrie W. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Open University. A highly regarded university lecturer, he has an outstanding record in the public understanding of science, particularly astronomy, through lectures, local and national radio and TV, articles in popular magazines and in the press.

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