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Is Pluto a planet? : a historical journey through the solar system

Author: David A Weintraub
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2007. ©2007
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A Note from the Author: On August 24, 2006, at the 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague, by a majority vote of only the 424 members present, the IAU (an organization of over 10,000 members) passed a resolution defining planet in such a way as to exclude Pluto and established a new class of objects in the solar system to be called ""dwarf planets, "" which was deliberately  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Weintraub, David A. (David Andrew), 1958-
Is Pluto a planet? : a historical journey through the solar system.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, ©2007
ix, 254 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David A Weintraub
ISBN: 9781400852970 1400852978
OCLC Number: 905865963
Notes: Includes index.
"With a new postscript by the author."
Description: 1 online resource (280 pages) : illustrations, photographs
Contents: 1. What is a planet? --
2. Seven perfect planets made of aether --
3. The Earth becomes a planet --
4. Sixteen planets --
5. Not everything that orbits the Sun is a planet --
6. Uranus! --
7. The celestial police --
8. Neptune, the thirteenth planet --
9. Easy come, easy go --
10. Pluto, the fourth ninth planet --
11. Hidden secrets of the outer solar system --
12. The plutinos --
13. Is Pluto a planet? --
14. Goldilocks --
Postscript. Current thoughts by other astronomers --
Appendix. What we know about Pluto.
Responsibility: David A. Weintraub.
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Tells the story of how the meaning of the word 'planet' has changed from antiquity to the present day, as new objects in our solar system have been discovered. This title provides the historical,  Read more...

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