205 pages, 92 b/w & 106 col illus
Beginning with a description of the structure of the solar system, this book describes the discoveries of Pluto and its moon Charon and shows how the knowledge of this mysterious world has grown over the last 80 years of its study. The authors also look at the discoveries of the first unusual objects in the outer solar system - Chiron and the first Centaurs - and trace the discoveries of the first Kuiper Belt objects.
Examining these objects in more detail, they present the arguments concerning the status of Pluto and conclude with a discussion of the essential characteristics of the Kuiper Belt and a look at how future observations may lead to yet more discoveries and a greater understanding of these bodies.
From the reviews: "Every aspect is covered, discoveries, orbits, origin and physical characteristics. ! In every way this is an outstanding work. It is crammed with information ! the translation into English is so good that it is very readable, the illustrations are excellent, and the glossary is adequate. The book will appeal to both beginners and to serious students ! . Doressoundiram and Lellouch must be heartily congratulated." (Patrick Moore, Sky at Night Magazine, June, 2010) "Evidently intended for a popular readership, this is an English translation of Aux confins du systeme solaire, written by two Parisian astronomers in 2008. ! Neptune are the most detailed and informative in the book and represent a useful introduction to what modern photometry and spectroscopy ! and, coupled with knowledge of orbital statistics and ideas on the long-term changes in the orbits of the giant planets, how the present conditions have evolved from those just after the Solar System began to form." (Brian G. Marsden, The Observatory, Vol. 130, October, 2010) "This book reveals Pluto to be a fascinating and important member of a diverse collection of icy bodies. ! All this information is presented in a very readable style and accompanied by around 150 images and diagrams. I fully recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the outer Solar System and how the objects in this region, and others like them, have shaped ours and other planetary systems." (David Powell, Astronomy Now, November, 2010) "Doressoundiram and Lellouch (both, Observatoire de Paris, France) use 109 stunning illustrations, mostly in color, to develop the subject from the history of the solar system to 1930, through the discovery of Pluto ! and other trans-Neptunian objects like Pluto. ! Includes a 12-page appendix giving the details of 12 major trans-Neptunian objects, a 1-page bibliography, a 3-page glossary, and a 7-page index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers interested in our solar system." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 47 (11), July, 2010)
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