Cosmic Debris

What It Is and What We Can Do About It

  • Jonathan Powell

Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 247-267

About this book


This book examines the mysterious and the well-studied debris in Earth’s crowded neighborhood. From orbiting comets to the workings of the Asteroid Belt, and from meteor showers to our home-grown network of orbiting satellites, the full diversity of space objects and the debris they create is explored. Powell also discusses some of the current research techniques used to find potentially harmful rogue elements, with an emphasis on keeping watch for any objects that may intersect Earth’s orbit. Such bodies also impact other worlds, and much has been learned from observing these encounters.

The information in this book is intended to foster thought about the universe in which we live, but without overloading its readers with numbers and lecture-room analysis. Like a good thriller, it allows its readers to pace themselves with the story and, by the end, encourages them to draw their own conclusions.


Asteroids in solar system Observing NEOs risk of asteroid hitting Earth What are meteor showers? Comets and disease Organic life on asteroids Satellite debris risks NEO monitoring Debris in the Solar System Debris in path of Earth's orbit Near earth objects

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Powell
    • 1
  1. 1.Ebbw Vale, GwentUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-51015-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-51016-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-659X
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6651
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