The Hidden Wanderers and a Cometary Meeting

  • Will Gater
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


The cavernous lecture theater of the Prague Congress Center, in the Czech Republic, might not immediately be the place you would expect to find high drama in the astronomical world. But for much of August 2006, it was the hub of a worldwide debate that gripped the media and the general public alike. It was a debate that would evoke passionate arguments, protests, and petitions across the globe. Even today, what happened during those few weeks and the decisions made in Prague reverberate in the astronomical community.


Solar System Hubble Space Telescope Kuiper Belt Oort Cloud Early Solar System 
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Print article

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Will Gater
    • 1
  1. 1.DevonUK

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