Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto and How to Observe Them

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  • Springer eBooks
Edition
  • 1st ed. 2008.
Published
  • New York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer 2008
Physical description
1 online resource (232 p.)
ISBN
  • 1-282-29186-6
  • 9786612291869
  • 0-387-76602-2
Notes
  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-228) and index.
  • Other format: Print version also available.
  • Reproduction available: Springer :
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction
  • Original electronic resource Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • English
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Print version record.
Contents
  • The Uranus System -- The Neptune System -- Pluto and Its Moons -- Observing Uranus and Neptune with Binoculars and Small Telescopes -- Observing with Medium-Sized Telescopes -- Observing with Large Telescopes.
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  • Ebooks
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  • Handbooks and manuals.
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Language
  • English
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Summary

  • This book tells the story of two giants and a dwarf. The giants, Uranus and Neptune, are mostly huge balls of gas, and they make their home in the remotest reaches of the Solar System. The dwarf, Pluto, which can usually be found even farther out than the two giants, was always small, but up until a short while ago, it enjoyed the same status as the other planets, a full-fledged member of the Solar System. Today, Pluto has been re-classified as a "dwarf planet." In this clear and succinct overview of the current research on these remote Solar System objects, Richard Schmude, Jr., tells us what facts we do know about these faraway entities, what we are seeking to know, and also how to observe them for yourself, using commercially available telescopes. He also explains why Pluto was re-classified and what it means, exactly, to be a dwarf planet. Intrigued by these objects since boyhood, Schmude has compiled a loving tribute to them, if not making them warm and fuzzy, at least making them seem less remote and bringing them into our current frame of reference, giving them personality and revealing their worth in our understanding of the structure and nature of the Solar System in which we live.

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