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  • Author:
    Alan Stern
  • ISBN:
    3527405569
  • ISBN13:
    978-3527405565
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  • Publisher:
    Wiley-VCH; 2 edition (October 28, 2005)
  • Pages:
    257 pages
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    Astronomy & Space Science
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Pluto and Charon: Ice Wo. .has been added to your Cart. The story of the quest to understand Pluto and the resulting transformation of our concept of the diminutive planet from that of solar-system misfit to king of the Kuiper Belt is told in this book by Alan Stern and Jacqueline Mitton.

Pluto and Charon: Ice Wo. Stern, a Plutophile to the core, is one of the most energetic, talented, and savvy planetary astronomers in the business today. Together they have created an immensely informative book.

The book shows the unifying power of science by bringing in connections to chemistry, astronomy and geoscience.

Both Pluto and Charon are rich in ices, but their surface compositions, albedos, and colors are very different. Unlike Charon, Pluto is known to possess distinct surface markings, polar caps, and an atmosphere. The book shows the unifying power of science by bringing in connections to chemistry, astronomy and geoscience.

Pluto and Charon book . In Pluto and Charon, Alan Stern and Jacqueline Mitton turn that story into an enterta The exploration of the ninth planet, Pluto, its moon, Charon, and their relationship to the newly discovered Kuiper Belt, is a tale of perseverance, ingenuity and dedication on the part of the planetary scientists who have been lured by the fascination of these far-flung miniature worlds.

Stern, a Plutophile to the core, is one of the most energetic, talented, and savvy planetary astronomers in the .

Stern, a Plutophile to the core, is one of the most energetic, talented, and savvy planetary astronomers in the business today. Written in an engaging and informal style, Pluto and Charon takes the reader step by step from the discovery of the ninth planet in 1930 to the current understanding of Pluto and its moon, Charon. Sky & Telescope More than a book summarizing what we know about planet,.

Alan Stern, Jacqueline Mitton. Published by Wiley-Interscience, 1997. ISBN 10: 0471152978, ISBN 13: 9780471152972.

Pluto and Charon : ice worlds on the ragged edge of the solar system.

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In Pluto and Charon, Alan Stern and Jacqueline Mitton turn that story into an entertaining adventure, starting with the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. The book also documents vividly the struggle by Plutophiles and the public to persuade NASA to fund a mission to Pluto, the only planet not yet explored from close proximity by a spacecraft

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oceedings{Stern1998PlutoAC, title {Pluto and Charon: Ice Worlds on the Ragged Edge of the Solar System}, author {Alan Stern and Jacqueline Mitton and Imke de Pater}, year {1998} . Postscript: Where No One Has Gone Before. A Chronology of Major Events in the Exploration of Pluto.

The exploration of the ninth planet, Pluto, its moon, Charon, and their relationship to the newly discovered Kuiper Belt, is a tale of perseverance, ingenuity and dedication on the part of the planetary scientists who have been lured by the fascination of these far-flung miniature worlds. In Pluto and Charon, Alan Stern and Jacqueline Mitton turn that story into an entertaining adventure, starting with the discovery of Pluto by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. In a highly accessible narrative, they bring to life the many 'Plutophiles', who with skill and resourcefulness have pieced together over several decades an amazingly detailed picture of the nature of Pluto and Charon. The book also documents vividly the struggle by Plutophiles and the public to persuade NASA to fund a mission to Pluto, the only planet not yet explored from close proximity by a spacecraft. Hopes were alternately raised and dashed before eventual victory. At last, New Horizons (led by author Stern as Principal Investigator) is due to be launched in early 2006 on a 9-year journey to Pluto, Charon and beyond. For this second edition, Stern and Mitton have brought their 1998 book fully up to date, including the latest discoveries about Pluto's ancient relationship with the members of the Kuiper Belt of icy bodies and dwarf planets beyond Neptune. They have also added a completely new chapter on the New Horizons mission.

Antuiserum
I'm an amateur astronomer of over 40 years. With my 20 inch scope all I will ever see of Pluto is a speck. Its small and so incredibly far away. I have hundreds of minor space object interests. Pluto and Charon are one of my minor interests. Mars is my major interest.

I'm doing a review of this book not my views of new spending of taxpayers money for Pluto probes.

I read Clyde Tombaugh Discover of Planet Pluto (Sky and Telescope observers series) and really liked it as an introduction of Pluto and Clyde Tombaugh. 5 stars see my review. That book got me interested to learn a little more about Pluto. Moon Charon was a pleasant extra.I wanted to reach a mid level understanding of Pluto and Pluto and Charon by Alan Stern and Jacqeline Mitton does that very well.

There is no heavy math in the book. The authors do a great job of keeping the book light, crisp and interesting without getting clogged down with heavy math. There are nice pictures of the various scientists and administrators through the years of different parts of Pluto and then Charon discovery. The book is laid out in a well documented time table of discovery. We learn why it took decades after Clyde Tombaugh's discovery of Pluto get more information and details of Pluto. We just didn't have the technology then.

We see increasingly more sophisticated technology invented and the use of better instruments through the decades.

Its extremely difficult to get an image of Pluto. Even with a huge 200 inch scope we still have to fight the atmosphere and "seeing", plus the disadvantage of Pluto being so far away.

Now we have CCD cameras with multi mega pixel resolution and the Hubble telescope, plus now we have huge radio telescopes. Years back there was just crude photographic plates.

We learn how moon Charon was discovered and how the size of Pluto and Charon were obtained as well as the extremely weak atmosphere of Pluto. We see how the atmosphere changes as Pluto gets closest to the sun and farthest away ( Pluto has a gigantic elliptical orbit). Even so its extremely cold only 40 to 70 degrees K above absolute zero.

We learn why Pluto has such a high brightness reflection percentage and Charon not as much. We learn Pluto is laying on its side even more so than Uranus. I found it very interesting them confirming their findings of Pluto having an extremely weak atmosphere by observing Pluto occluding a star. Fascinating stuff. Spectral analysis of Pluto is also used.

We see the 3 theories of Pluto's creation more or less disproved and the major theory of a large impact by a large body helped create Charon. Its incredible that Charon is almost half the size of Pluto and they are in effect binary worlds.

Also the discovery that there hundreds perhaps thousands of small bodies between Neptune and Pluto and hundreds of thousands in the Oort cloud way past Pluto. So we learn Pluto has many tiny sisters. Much more is discussed and presented in the book in a logical orderly way.

This book got me to a mid level knowledge level and appreciation of Pluto and Charon and the various scientists that gave so much time and effort exploring and getting data on such a difficult planet and moon. Hats off to them! Thanks Alan and Jacquelin for getting me up to speed on Pluto and Charon. I'm sure much more will be learned in the future. 5 stars
Burilar
This book is a well-written and enjoyable summary of what we know about Pluto and its relatively huge moon Charon. However, the fact of the matter is we don't know much because we have yet to send a spacecraft to this fascinating double planet! Stern and Mitton do a great job presenting the timeline of our discoveries about Pluto as well as the latest theories on the compositions and origin of these bodies.
I was especially impressed with the discussion of Pluto's atmosphere changing as a result of the planet's greatly elliptical orbit around the Sun. In addition, the authors give a great detailed breakdown of the discoveries gleaned from the mutual occultations in the late 80s. Also, this book was written several years ago but we have since indeed found many more Kuiper Belt objects that lend great credibility to the theory of Pluto simply being one of the largest of that family.
Too much time was spent on describing the birth and continuing struggles of the Pluto Express project. This discussion would have been more appropriate if the spacecraft had even launched, let alone successfully completed its mission. But the fact is that NASA's funding issues have kept the project grounded for now. Hopefully it'll fly in the next couple years. If it doesn't, much of the mission may be compromised because Pluto is getting farther from the Sun each day and as a result its atmospheric activity is dying.
Overall a great effort and worth your time. Don't expect incredible revelations and photographs though, because we still have yet to visit the place!
Shakar
Packed with factual information on every aspect of Pluto and Charon that we are aware of! A great reference tool for research papers!!
Vudomuro
As a resident of a small, dark, cold and remote place in Arctic Alaska, I join many of our 4,200 residents in protesting the demotion of Pluto to dwarf planet status.
This book shows that as we explore the outer regions of the solar system, we are finding so much more than rock-solid, unchanging frozen outposts.
Even before the New Horizons spacecraft reaches Pluto/Charon in 2015, the authors carefully summarize decades of precise science to learn a lot about this dynamic system
We already know that Pluto has an atmosphere, and may resemble Neptune's surprisingly active moon Triton, which has ice geysers, long vapor and dust trails and evidence of a changing surface.
We learn about the hard work, and frequent frustration as astronomers travel around the world to find vantage points when Charon passes in front of Pluto, or Pluto passes in front of a star.
Imagine the challenges of observing such motions of small bodies more than 3 billion miles away!
Get the book, keep it close, and we will all get ready for New Horizons to finally give us a close up view of this fantastic planet and moon
Rigiot
If you don't know much about the "King of the Kuiper Belt", read this book, and you will have a very clear scientific description of this "massive comet"...
This book is complete, starting from the historic discovery (blind luck, really) of Pluto, the subsequent observations that kept on shrinking the planet, then the suprising discovery of Charon, the fortuitious Pluto/Charon occultation, and the latest HST results.
Easy to read, and yet technical enough, this book will probably make you love this planet, even though it's only a big comet saved from destruction by its orbital resonance with Neptune... and will make you hate NASA (or the US Congress) for not going forward with their Pluto Express probe.