Probing the New Solar System

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Csiro Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Education - 300 pages
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In the past decade astronomers have discovered many planet-like bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune, in far out regions of the Solar System called the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud. These newly discovered objects have made astronomers re-examine their understanding of the Solar System.

Probing the New Solar System explores the recent data and discoveries that have contributed to a changed understanding of the Solar System, in particular the effect that the revised definition of a planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union had on this understanding.

There are chapters covering every planet. Each begins with a description of the celestial body, the story of its discovery and traces how it has been understood through history and what we know about it today.

This up-to-date record of the many recent discoveries made about our Solar System and other planetary systems has been written for people interested in astronomy, both professional and amateur, as well as for students and educators.
  

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Excellent and up to date book. Well illustrated. Value book. Published in 2009 it contains the latest info on planets, dwarf planets, exoplanets, Kuiper belt and Oort cloud.
See also "The Moon in Close-Up" by the same author.

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Contents

Chapter 1 Why a new solar system?
1
Chapter 2 Exploring the planets
33
Chapter 3 The Sun
55
Chapter 4 Mercury a hot old world
73
Chapter 5 Venus a hot cloudy planet
85
Chapter 6 Earth a watery living world
101
Chapter 7 Mars the red planet
133
Chapter 8 The asteroid belt
159
Chapter 10 Saturn the ringed planet
199
Chapter 11 Uranus the blue icy planet
223
Chapter 12 Neptune an icy cold world
239
Chapter 13 TransNeptunian objects
253
Chapter 14 Overview and the future
275
Glossary
291
Index
297
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Chapter 9 Jupiter the gas giant
175

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John Wilkinson teaches at La Trobe University.

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