Discovering Pluto

Exploration at the Edge of the Solar System


Author: Dale P. Cruikshank,William Sheehan

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816534314

Category: Science

Page: 500

View: 3669

The story of Pluto and its largest moon, from discovery through the New Horizons flyby--Provided by publisher.

Out of the Darkness

The Planet Pluto


Author: Clyde W. Tombaugh,Patrick Moore

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811766640

Category: Science

Page: 222

View: 2126

An adventure in scientific discovery Pluto, the farthermost planet in the solar system, some 3,673 million mites from the Sun, was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory in 1930. The fiftieth anniversary of Pluto's discovery will be celebrated in 1980 and OUT OF THE DARKNESS: THE PLANET PLUTO tells the exciting scientific story of the twenty-five year search for a planet X beyond Neptune, and its discovery-the only planet found in the twentieth century. The planets Mercury, Venus. Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all known since antiquity. Then Sir William Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781, and 65 years later, in 1846, Johann Calle and Urbain le Verner discovered Neptune. Variations in orbital perturbations of the planets and theoretical astronomy were responsible for predicting and discovering the three outermost planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) and so Pluto's story is also, to some extent, the story of its planetary neighbors. What kind of world is Pluto? Much is still a mystery (its exact size, for instance), but there are some facts. It takes 247.7 years for Pluto to revolve around the sun. From Pluto's surface, the Sun appears as a star-like point; giving only on-one-hundredth the light Earth receives, although it is still brighter than a full Moon. There is strong evidence to suggest that Pluto is an escaped satellite of Neptune, a sister moon of Triton that wandered off to become the farthermost planet revolving around the Sun. And the recent discovery of Pluto’s moon, Charon, and the speculation on a tenth planet beyond Pluto add to the mystery that still prevails 50 years after coauthor Clyde Tombaugh exclaimed “That’s it!” when he saw the change of position of a faint object on the photographic plates after examining millions of star images. That evening, the only man alive to discover a planet, went to the movies and saw Gary Cooper in The Virginian. The night sky was cloudy when he came out of the theatre, but his mind’s eye still saw the faint image of Pluto.


A Space Discovery Guide


Author: James Roland

Publisher: Millbrook Press

ISBN: 1512476986

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 6856

Audisee® eBooks with Audio combine professional narration and sentence highlighting to engage reluctant readers! Did you know that Pluto has mountains, glaciers, and even blue skies? In July 2015 a spacecraft called New Horizons finally reached Pluto—almost ten years after it had launched! The spacecraft flew by Pluto to take the first close-up photos of the dwarf planet. When it began sending those photos back to Earth, scientists were amazed by what they saw. Pluto was more fascinating than scientists ever imagined! Read this book to learn more about New Horizons, its long journey to Pluto, and the things scientists learned from the photos of this distant dwarf planet.

Encyclopedia of the Solar System


Author: Lucy-Ann McFadden,Torrence Johnson,Paul Weissman

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080474984

Category: Science

Page: 992

View: 4710

Long before Galileo published his discoveries about Jupiter, lunar craters, and the Milky Way in the Starry Messenger in 1610, people were fascinated with the planets and stars around them. That interest continues today, and scientists are making new discoveries at an astounding rate. Ancient lake beds on Mars, robotic spacecraft missions, and new definitions of planets now dominate the news. How can you take it all in? Start with the new Encyclopedia of the Solar System, Second Edition. This self-contained reference follows the trail blazed by the bestselling first edition. It provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries, and details about planetary bodies and how they interact—and has jumped light years ahead in terms of new information and visual impact. Offering more than 50% new material, the Encyclopedia includes the latest explorations and observations, hundreds of new color digital images and illustrations, and more than 1,000 pages. It stands alone as the definitive work in this field, and will serve as a modern messenger of scientific discovery and provide a look into the future of our solar system. · Forty-seven chapters from 75+ eminent authors review fundamental topics as well as new models, theories, and discussions · Each entry is detailed and scientifically rigorous, yet accessible to undergraduate students and amateur astronomers · More than 700 full-color digital images and diagrams from current space missions and observatories amplify the chapters · Thematic chapters provide up-to-date coverage, including a discussion on the new International Astronomical Union (IAU) vote on the definition of a planet · Information is easily accessible with numerous cross-references and a full glossary and index

The Trans-Neptunian Solar System


Author: Dina Prialnik,Maria Antoinetta Barucci,Leslie Young

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0128175257

Category: Science

Page: 478

View: 6901

The Trans-Neptunian Solar System is a timely reference highlighting the state-of-the-art in current knowledge on the outer solar system. It not only explores the individual objects being discovered there, but also their relationships with other Solar System objects and their roles in the formation and evolution of the Solar System and other planets. Integrating important findings from recent missions, such as New Horizons and Rosetta, the book covers the physical properties of the bodies in the Trans-Neptunian Region, including Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt, as well as dynamical indicators for Planet 9 and related objects and future prospects. Offering a complete look at exploration and findings in the Kuiper Belt and the rest of the outer solar system beyond Neptune, this book is an important resource to bring planetary scientists, space scientists and astrophysicists up-to-date on the latest research and current understandings. Provides the most up-to-date information on the exploration of the Trans-Neptunian Solar System and what it means for the future of outer solar system research Contains clear sections that provide comprehensive coverage on the most important facets of the outer Solar System Includes four-color images and data from important missions, including New Horizons and Rosetta Concludes with suggestions and insights on the future of research on Trans-Neptunian objects

Planets Beyond

Discovering the Outer Solar System


Author: Mark Littmann

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486436029

Category: Science

Page: 319

View: 6170

This book serves as a fascinating progress report on the outer solar system, offering a way to better appreciate the newest findings. It unlocks some of the mysteries surrounding Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto — from the drama of their discoveries to the startling results of Voyager 2’s historic 1989 encounter with Neptune.



Author: Darlene R. Stille

Publisher: Childs World Incorporated

ISBN: 9781592960538

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 5646

Introduces the planet Pluto, its size, location, climate, characteristics, and satellites.

Discovering Astronomy


Author: R. Robert Robbins,William H. Jefferys,Steven J. Shawl

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471584377

Category: Science

Page: 640

View: 4563

Uses a discovery approach which encourages readers to be active rather than passive learners. Organized in the way astronomy developed—from observations to an understanding first of the solar system and later of stars and galaxies. A separate Activity Kit features experimentation and measurement projects in order to obtain direct experience in the scientific gathering and analyzing of data. In this edition, the art program has been expanded to include full color photos plus computer generated multicolor diagrams which help clarify complex concepts. Contains a completely rewritten and updated discussion of the planets and a new Earth/Moon chapter.

Discovering Eris

The Symbolism and Significance of a New Planetary Archetype


Author: Keiron Le Grice

Publisher: Floris Books

ISBN: 0863158854

Category: Science

Page: 160

View: 6105

In astrology, each planet in our solar system is symbolically associated with specific archetypes, characteristics, themes and patterns in human experience. The discovery in 2005 of Eris -- a dwarf planet beyond Pluto -- was therefore an event of great significance for astrology as well as astronomy. In this unique book, Keiron Le Grice considers the astrological significance of Eris. How, he asks, can we determine Eris's meaning? What archetypal themes is it associated with? In what ways might the myths of Eris, the Greek goddess of strife, be relevant to the astrological meaning? What can Eris's discovery tell us about the evolutionary challenges we now face? Drawing on a wide variety of perspectives -- including mythology, ecology, religion, history, philosophy and Jungian psychology -- Le Grice carefully constructs a multi-faceted picture of Eris's possible meaning, helping to illuminate the unprecedented events of our time and providing clues to our possible future directions.

David Levy's Guide to Observing and Discovering Comets


Author: David H. Levy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521520515

Category: Science

Page: 177

View: 6070

David Levy describes the techniques that have been developed over the years for observing comets--from visual observations and searching, to photography, through to electronic charge-coupled devices (CCDs). This practical handbook is suitable for amateur astronomers, from those who are casually interested in comets and how to observe them, to those who want to begin and expand an observing program of their own. Drawing widely from his own extensive experience, Levy describes how enthusiastic amateurs can observe comets and try to make new discoveries themselves.