eBook An Explorer's Guide to the Universe Series: The Outer Solar System: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the Dwarf Planets, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615300511
  • ISBN-13: 9781615300518
  • DDC: 523.2
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released March 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010
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Overview

Beyond Earth's small, red neighbor Mars lie the gaseous, giant planets of the Outer Solar System. This book investigates these behemoths and dwarf planet Pluto, as well as other curiosities within the solar system's farthest reaches, such as asteroid fields and the Kuiper belt.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Asteroids.
2: Major Milestones in Asteroid Research.
3: Bode's Law.
4: Later Advances in Asteroid Studies.
5: Geography of the Asteroid Belt.
6: Names and Orbits of Asteroids.
7: Distribution and Kirkwood Gaps.
8: Near-Earth Asteroids.
9: Main-Belt Asteroid Families.
10: Hungarias and Outer-Belt Asteroids.
11: Trojan Asteroids.
12: Asteroids in Unusual Orbits.
13: The Difference between Asteroids and Comets.
14: Measuring Asteroids.
15: Size and Albedo.
16: Classification of Asteroids.
17: Rotation and Shape.
18: Mass and Density.
19: Composition.
20: Asteroid Taxonomic Classes.
21: Spacecraft Exploration.
22: Origin and Evolution of the Asteroids.
23: Notable Asteroids.
24: Ceres.
25: Eros.
26: Geographos.
27: Hermes.
28: Icarus.
29: Pallas.
30: Vesta.
31: Meteors and Meteorites.
32: Basic Features of Meteors.
33: Meteor Showers.
34: Meteorites: Surviving Atmospheric Entry.
35: Measurement of Meteoroid Orbits.
36: Reservoirs of Meteoroids in Space.
37: Directing Meteoroids to Earth.
38: Meteorites.
39: Recovery of Meteorites.
40: Types of Meteorites.
41: Association of Meteorites with Asteroids.
42: The Ages of Meteorites and Their Components.
43: Cosmic-Ray Exposure Ages of Meteorites.
44: Meteorites and the Formation of the Early Solar System.
45: Meteorite Craters.
46: The Impact-Cratering Process.
47: Variations in Craters Across the Solar System.
48: Meteorite Craters as Measures of Geologic Activity.
49: Meteoritics.
50: Notable Meteorites.
51: Allende Meteorite.
52: Ensisheim Meteorite.
53: Murchison Meteorite.
54: Orgueil Meteorite.
55: Jupiter.
56: Basic Astronomical Data.
57: Planetary Data for Jupiter.
58: The Atmosphere.
59: Nature of the Great Red Spot.
60: Cloud Composition.
61: Atmospheric Characteristics.
62: The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere.
63: The Auroras.
64: The Interior.
65: Jupiter's Moons and Ring.
66: The Galilean Satellites.
67: Other Satellites.
68: The Ring.
69: Origin of the Jovian System.
70: Early History of Jupiter.
71: Early History of the Satellites.
72: Saturn.
73: Basic Astronomical Data.
74: Planetary Data for Saturn.
75: The Atmosphere.
76: The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere.
77: The Interior.
78: Saturn's Rings and Moons.
79: The Ring System.
80: Moons.
81: Observations of Saturn from Earth.
82: Spacecraft Exploration.
83: Uranus.
84: Basic Astronomical Data.
85: Planetary Data for Uranus.
86: The Atmosphere.
87: The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere.
88: The Interior.
89: Uranus's Moons and Rings.
90: Moons.
91: The Ring System.
92: The Discovery of Uranus.
93: Spacecraft Exploration.
94: Neptune.
95: Planetary Data for Neptune.
96: Basic Astronomical Data.
97: The Atmosphere.
98: The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere.
99: Interior Structure and Composition.
100: Neptune's Moons and Rings.
101: Moons.
102: The Ring System.
103: Neptune's Discovery.
104: Later Observations from Earth.
105: Spacecraft Exploration.
106: Pluto, The Kuiper Belt, and Beyond.
107: Basic Data for Pluto.
108: Basic Astronomical Data.
109: The Atmosphere.
110: The Surface and Interior.
111: Pluto's Moons.
112: Discovery of Pluto and Its Moons.
113: The Kuiper Belt.
114: Origin of Pluto and Its Moons.
115: Pluto: Planet or Dwarf Planet?.
116: The Oort Cloud.
117: The Heliopause.
118: Comets.
119: Basic Features.
120: Designations.
121: Early Observations.
122: Halley and His Comet.
123: Modern Cometary Research.
124: Types of Orbits.
125: Identifying Comets and Determining Their Orbits.
126: Periodic Comets.
127: Groups of Comets and Other Unusual Cometary Objects.
128: The Cometary Nucleus.
129: The Gaseous Coma.
130: Cometary Tails.
131: Cometary Models.
132: Origin and Evolution of Comets.
133: Cometary Formation and the Oort Cloud.
134: Possible Pre-Solar-System Origin of Comets.
135: Notable Comets.
136: Comet Arend-Roland.
137: Biela's Comet.
138: Chiron.
139: Encke's Comet.
140: Comet Hale-Bopp.
141: Halley's Comet.
142: Comet Hyakutake.
143: Comet Ikeya-Seki.
144: Comet Morehouse.
145: Centaur Objects.
146: Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1.
Moons of Jupiter.
Moons of Saturn.
Moons of Uranus.
Moons of Neptune.
Notable Kuiper Belt Objects.
Glossary.
For Further Reading.
Index.