Astronomers' Universe

Weird Comets and Asteroids

The Strange Little Worlds of the Sun's Family

Authors: Seargent, David A. J.

  • Provides observing projects for readers
  • Highlights recent data from space probes
  • Written for readers of all levels of experience, with no complex mathematics
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This book concentrates on some of the odd aspects of comets and asteroids. Strange behavior of comets, such as outbursts and schisms, and how asteroids can temporally act as comets are discussed, together with the possible threat of Centaurs-class objects like the Taurid complex.

Recent years have seen the distinction between comets and asteroids become less prominent. Comets in "asteroid" orbits and vice versa have become almost commonplace and a clearer view of the role of small bodies in the formation of the Solar System and their effect on Earth has become apparent. Seargent covers this development in detail by including new data and information from space probes. 

About the authors

David A. J. Seargent holds an MA and Ph.D., both in Philosophy from the University of Newcastle NSW, where he formerly worked as a tutor in Philosophy for the Department of Community of Programs/Worker’s Educational Association external education program. As an amateur astronomer, he is known for his observations of comets, one of which he discovered in 1978. He is the author of six astronomy books: “Comets – Vagabonds in Space” (Doubleday, 1982), “The Greatest Comets in History” (Springer, 2008), “Weird Astronomy” (Springer, 2010), “Weird Weather” (Springer, 2012), "Weird Worlds" (Springer, 2013), and most recently "Weird Universe" (Springer, 2015). He is the author of a regular column in “Australian Sky and Telescope” magazine.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Unsung Little Worlds

    Seargent, David A. J.

    Pages 1-42

  • Weird Objects with Split Personalities

    Seargent, David A. J.

    Pages 43-92

  • Comet Oddities: Different Objects Sharing the Same Orbit

    Seargent, David A. J.

    Pages 93-126

  • More Comet Oddities: Outbursts, Disruptions and Other Strange Behavior

    Seargent, David A. J.

    Pages 127-200

  • The Fascinating Taurid Complex

    Seargent, David A. J.

    Pages 201-247

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56558-3
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56557-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Weird Comets and Asteroids
Book Subtitle
The Strange Little Worlds of the Sun's Family
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56558-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56558-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-56557-6
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 279
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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