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Author Schilling, Govert.

Title The hunt for planet X : new worlds and the fate of Pluto / Govert Schilling
Published New York : Copernicus Books, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 303 pages) : illustrations
Contents A larger solar system -- Eleven planets -- The writing desk planet -- 'I've found your planet X' -- The kid planet -- A strange and wonderful week -- Fortunate circumstances -- Nix and hydra -- The unauthorized planet -- Uranus: problem solved? -- Mysterious forces -- The hunt for the death star -- The secret planet -- Vulcanoids and earth-grazers -- The Kuiper connection -- Comet puzzles -- Smiley -- Family portraits -- The migrating planet -- Icy treasure troves -- The big five -- The tenth planet -- The Spanish invasion -- Pas de deux -- Model from Nice -- Planet under siege -- Planetary elections -- The continuing story -- A thousand planets -- New horizons
Summary The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto goes beyond a standard scientific read, encompassing who, and what, is involved in the pursuit of planetary endeavors. Touching on over three hundred years of debates, debacles and discoveries, this book offers the reader insight into the minds and motives of planetary astronomers and their findings. The "hunt" continues to the outer-most regions of the solar system, and Govert Schilling states this search will not cease: "Astronomy is an adventurous science," he writes, and without adventure and those who seek it out the universe would otherwise remain mysterious. The real-life characters presented in The Hunt for Planet X look for glimpses of light in the dark, from icy Kuiper Belt objects to full-fledged planets, in the process challenging how such worlds should be defined and ultimately describing the Universe. This book is written for astronomy and space enthusiasts and people who want to understand how astronomy discoveries are made in reality. - Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from Dutch
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Subject Planets -- Discovery and exploration -- Popular works.
Outer planets -- Discovery and exploration -- Popular works.
Astronomy -- History -- Popular works.
Solar system -- Discovery and exploration -- Popular works.
Genre/Form History.
Popular works.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780387778051
Other Titles Jacht op planeet X. English