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The Nature of Asteroids and Dwarf Planets

  • Roger Dymock
Chapter
Part of the Astronomers' Observing Guides book series (OBSERVING)

Abstract

This chapter looks at the structure of asteroids and dwarf planets: solid bodies and rubble piles, binary and triple asteroids, how their birthplace affects their make-up, surface morphology, and interior structure. Our knowledge of the size and composition of asteroids is built up from a number of sources: Spectroscopy The study of meteorites Radar observations Spacecraft missions to asteroids Occultations of stars by asteroids Lightcurve photometry

Keywords

Solar Wind Solar System Parent Body Iron Meteorite Kuiper Belt 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WaterloovilleUnited Kingdom

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