Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets

Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets

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Geared toward students, this guide provides an overview of the small bodies that orbit the sun.

This volume in the Greenwood Guides to the Universe series covers asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets_those small bodies that revolve the Sun_and provides readers with the most up-to-date understanding of the current state of scientific knowledge about them. Scientifically sound, but written with the student in mind, Asteroids, Comets, and Dwarf Planets is an excellent first step for researching the exciting scientific discoveries of the smallest celestial bodies in the solar system.

The book will introduce students to all of the areas of research surrounding the subject, answering many intriguing questions. It defines a dwarf planet and explains why Pluto is one. It looks at how such small bodies form, what they are made of, and what kind of atmospheres might they have. And it asks_and answers_whether asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets present a hazard to the Earth or to spacecraft.

Thematic chapters enhance understanding of the broad concepts presented 66 illustrations make it easier for students to grasp the subjects discussed A glossary of scientific and astrology-related terms facilitates reading and understanding A bibliography of useful resources puts readers on the right track to learn more about the subjects discussed
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9780313344329
0313344329
Characteristics: xvii, 206 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm.

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