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