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Pluto : sentinel of the outer solar system

Author: Barrie William Jones
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 has 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barrie William Jones
ISBN: 9780521194365 0521194369
OCLC Number: 679522008
Description: xi, 231 pages, [6] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The Solar System --
The discovery of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto --
Pluto, a diminishing world --
Pluto's family --
Surfaces, atmospheres, interiors of Pluto and Charon --
The Edgeworth-Kuiper belt --
Is Pluto a planet? --
The New Horizons mission to Pluto (and beyond) --
Pluto: gateway to beyond?
Responsibility: Barrie W. Jones.
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Richly illustrated and up-to-date, this book is a timely account of Pluto for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike.  Read more...

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'Thoroughly accessible ... a clear matter-of-fact style ... Jones's thorough approach offers popular science readers pretty much everything known about mysterious Pluto.' Publishers Weekly 'A timely, Read more...

 
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