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Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto and How to Observe Them

  • Authors
  • Richard┬áSchmude Jr.

Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Richard W. Schmude Jr
    Pages 1-59
  3. Richard W. Schmude Jr
    Pages 61-107
  4. Richard W. Schmude Jr
    Pages 109-125
  5. Richard W. Schmude Jr
    Pages 149-181
  6. Richard W. Schmude Jr
    Pages 183-211
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-230

About this book

Introduction

This book tells the story of two giants and a dwarf. The giants, Uranus and Neptune, are mostly huge balls of gas, and they make their home in the remotest reaches of the Solar System. The dwarf, Pluto, which can usually be found even farther out than the two giants, was always small, but up until a short while ago, it enjoyed the same status as the other planets, a full-fledged member of the Solar System. Today, Pluto has been re-classified as a "dwarf planet."

In this clear and succinct overview of the current research on these remote Solar System objects, Richard Schmude, Jr., tells us what facts we do know about these faraway entities, what we are seeking to know, and also how to observe them for yourself, using commercially available telescopes. He also explains why Pluto was re-classified and what it means, exactly, to be a dwarf planet.

Intrigued by these objects since boyhood, Schmude has compiled a loving tribute to them, if not making them warm and fuzzy, at least making them seem less remote and bringing them into our current frame of reference, giving them personality and revealing their worth in our understanding of the structure and nature of the Solar System in which we live.

Keywords

CCD Neptune System Planet Pluto and Its Moons Remote Planets Uranus System

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