Is Pluto a Planet

Author: David Andrew Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691123486
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Introduces the historical, philosophical, and physical aspects of the definition of "planet," and applies them to Pluto.

How Old Is the Universe

Author: David A. Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691147314
Format: PDF
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"Tells the story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces readers to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy"--From publisher description.

Outer Solar System

Author: Erik Gregersen
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 1615300147
Format: PDF, ePub
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Presents an introduction to the solar system, focusing on the Sun and the four planets furthest from it, along with information about Pluto, the Kuiper Belt, asteroids, meteors, and comets.

Pluto Confidential

Author: Stephen Maran
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1935251856
Format: PDF
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When the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition of a "planet" in August 2006, Pluto became a dwarf planet, drawing a divisive line in science and public opinions. The controversy of whether Pluto is a planet continues years later, and passion about the decision remains, pitting scientist against scientist and invoking sentiments and nostalgia from the rest of the world. With the IAU definition, the future of space objects is forever changed. Learn how this resolution came to be and what it means for astronomy, who implemented it and who is against it, and whether it's the first or millionth time the world's view of astronomy has rotated on its axis. Written by an astronomer and educator who voted for the IAU resolution--Laurence A. Marschall—and a NASA scientist who supported the opposing petition that resulted—Stephen P. Maran—Pluto Confidential leaves no perspective out and no asteroid unturned in the Pluto debate. A telescopic look inside the book: History of planetary disputes, including why Jupiter almost wasn't acknowledged What Bode's Law is and how it has influenced observations Who discovered Pluto and how it was named The Kuiper Belt and its role in what it means to be a planet Beyond Pluto and the eight distinguished planets From Astronomy Today: "Overall, this is a highly readable book which engages, without overpowering, the reader.… The authors' opposing views on Pluto's status in the final chapter provides a calm reasoned exploration of the arguments. This is a neat conclusion …”

Pluto and Charon

Author: Alan Stern
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
ISBN:
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The exploration of the ninth planet, Pluto, its moon, Charon, and their relationship to the newly discovered Kuiper Belt, is a tale of perseverance, ingenuity and dedication on the part of the planetary scientists who have been lured by the fascination of these far-flung miniature worlds. In Pluto and Charon, Alan Stern and Jacqueline Mitton turn that story into an entertaining adventure, starting with the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. In a highly accessible narrative, they bring to life the many 'Plutophiles', who with skill and resourcefulness have pieced together over several decades an amazingly detailed picture of the nature of Pluto and Charon. The book also documents vividly the struggle by Plutophiles and the public to persuade NASA to fund a mission to Pluto, the only planet not yet explored from close proximity by a spacecraft. Hopes were alternately raised and dashed before eventual victory. At last, New Horizons (led by author Stern as Principal Investigator) is due to be launched in early 2006 on a 9-year journey to Pluto, Charon and beyond. For this second edition, Stern and Mitton have brought their 1998 book fully up to date, including the latest discoveries about Pluto's ancient relationship with the members of the Kuiper Belt of icy bodies and dwarf planets beyond Neptune. They have also added a completely new chapter on the New Horizons mission.

Planet Quest

Author: Ken Croswell
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192880833
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Are we alone? In 1995 planet hunters discovered the first alien solar system around a star like our own Sun. Ken Croswell tells the fascinating story of this discovery and the people who made it, then explores the possibility that one day we may have the technology to travel to different solar systems and find life. `an excellent guide to how far astronomy has come Fascinating and worthwhile' John Durant, New York Times `A thrilling account - stands out for its human interest and its accuracy' Sir John Maddox, editor emeritus, Nature `Excellent - I find it hard to see how anyone could have done a better job in bringing this exciting field to the general reader' Ian Morison, New Scientist `An exciting story well told - an interesting and comprehensive history of the search for planets both inside and outside our solar system.' Lawrence Krauss, author of The Physics of Star Trek

How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0385531109
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The astronomer who inadvertently triggered the "demotion" of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system's tenth planet describes the ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.

The Solar System Jup Sat

Author: David G. Fisher
Publisher: Salem PressInc
ISBN: 9781587655326
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Covers 180 features of Earth's solar system, including every major body and phenomenon, offering detailed basic information on all major aspects.

13 Planets

Author: David A. Aguilar
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426307705
Format: PDF, ePub
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Profiles each of the planets in Earth's solar system, including Pluto, Ceres, Eris, Haumea, MakeMake, the sun, the Oort cloud, comets, and more.