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How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0385531109
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The astronomer who inadvertently triggered the "demotion" of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system's tenth planet describes the ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.

How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 0385531095
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The solar system most of us grew up with included nine planets, with Mercury closest to the sun and Pluto at the outer edge. Then, in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown’s find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf” planet. Suddenly Brown was receiving hate mail from schoolchildren and being bombarded by TV reporters—all because of the discovery he had spent years searching for and a lifetime dreaming about. A heartfelt and personal journey filled with both humor and drama, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming is the book for anyone, young or old, who has ever imagined exploring the universe—and who among us hasn’t?

How I Killed Pluto And Why It Had It Coming

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Random House LLC
ISBN: 0385531087
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A dramatic account by the astronomer who inadvertently triggered the "demotion" of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system's 10th planet describes ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.

Looking At Ankylosaurus

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub
ISBN: 9780836810837
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Examines the meat-eating dinosaur which inhabited North America, Mongolia, and China, defending itself from predators with its heavily armored body and bony tail-club

At The Edge Of The Solar System

Author: A. Doressoundiram
Publisher: Praxis
ISBN: 9781441908643
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On August 24, 2006, the solar system lost its ninth planet! The astronomers' decision at the IAU General Assembly in Prague to demote Pluto had been precipitated by the discovery, beyond the orbit of Neptune, of a very rich population of Pluto-like objects. The study of the recently discovered remote celestial bodies grows ever more fascinating. Their great variety in color, shape, size, and orbit has astonished observers. What is more, studies of the composition of these new-found objects reveals that they among the most primitive objects in the solar system. In their simple and lively style, the authors of At the Edge of the Solar System alternate discussions on historical aspects and physical descriptions of the remote regions, as well as amazing findings from the cutting edge of research. Beginning with a description of the structure of the solar system, the authors look at the discoveries of Pluto and its moon Charon and show how our knowledge of this mysterious world grew over the last 80 years of its study. They then describe the origins of our solar system and look at the discoveries of the first unusual objects in the outer solar system - Chiron and the first Centaurs. They trace the discoveries of the first Kuiper Belt objects and introduce the wide range of bodies found in the outer solar system, including "Plutinos." Examining these objects in more detail, they then present the arguments concerning the status of Pluto and conclude with 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.

Demoting Pluto

Author: Steve Kortenkamp
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1491441623
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"Describes the dwarf planet Pluto and the 2006 decision to change its status from a regular planet"--

What Is A Planet

Author: Jeff Mapua
Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica
ISBN: 1622754573
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The wide range of planets in our small solar system alone is remarkable--giant planets; dwarf planets; rocky, watery, and gaseous planets; frigid planets and blazing-hot planets; and planets surrounded by rings or multiple moons. Then travel beyond our solar system and begin exploring the so-called exoplanets, and the variety is even more dazzling. Even readers who think they know everything about planets will find much to intrigue, excite, and thrill them here, including fascinating facts, the latest findings, and eye-popping, full-color, high-definition photos and explanatory graphics. A must-have foundational resource for every burgeoning space scientist.

Pluto

Author: Barrie W. Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139490222
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Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy. Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification. This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet. Besides Pluto, the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth–Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the largest innermost member. Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject.

The Pluto Files The Rise And Fall Of America S Favorite Planet

Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393073348
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The New York Times bestseller: "You gotta read this. It is the most exciting book about Pluto you will ever read in your life." —Jon Stewart When the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History reclassified Pluto as an icy comet, the New York Times proclaimed on page one, "Pluto Not a Planet? Only in New York." Immediately, the public, professionals, and press were choosing sides over Pluto's planethood. Pluto is entrenched in our cultural and emotional view of the cosmos, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, award-winning author and director of the Rose Center, is on a quest to discover why. He stood at the heart of the controversy over Pluto's demotion, and consequently Plutophiles have freely shared their opinions with him, including endless hate mail from third-graders. With his inimitable wit, Tyson delivers a minihistory of planets, describes the oversized characters of the people who study them, and recounts how America's favorite planet was ousted from the cosmic hub.

Looking At Allosaurus

Author: Mike Brown
Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub
ISBN: 9780836810820
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Provides a natural history of the ferocious giant carnivores which roamed the marshy terrain of present-day North America during the Late Jurassic Period