Astronomers' Universe

Dawn of Small Worlds

Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, Comets

Authors: Moltenbrey, Michael

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  • Presents a detailed introduction to dwarf planets, asteroids, and comets and reviews the history of their exploration
  • Demonstrates that small solar system worlds have a dramatically different nature and appearance than the planets
  • Describes past, current and future space craft missions studying "small worlds" and their results
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This book gives a detailed introduction to the thousands and thousands of smaller bodies in the solar system. Written for interested laymen, amateur astronomers and students it describes the nature and origin of asteroids, dwarf planets and comets, and gives detailed information about their role in the solar system. The author nicely reviews the history of small-world-exploration and describes past, current and future space craft missions studying small worlds, and presents their results. Readers will learn that small solar system worlds have a dramatically different nature and appearance than the planets. Even though research activity on small worlds has increased in the recent past many of their properties are still in the dark and need further research.

About the authors

Dr. Michael Moltenbrey is a computer scientist who based his thesis on simulations on high performance computers. As an active amateur astronomer and former President of his local club, he has been giving many lectures on astronomy to the public.

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“This book presents many of the distinctive parameters for small worlds, especially those that provide distinction from our well known planets. The book’s definition and presentation of the parameters is its greatest value. … From reading it, you will readily see just how much knowledge we’ve gained of our own backyard in this wide universe.” (Mark Mortimer, universetoday.com, November, 2015)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Moltenbrey, Michael

  • Asteroids

    Pages 17-71

    Moltenbrey, Michael

  • Comets

    Pages 73-140

    Moltenbrey, Michael

  • Trans-Neptunian Objects

    Pages 141-173

    Moltenbrey, Michael

  • Dwarf Planets

    Pages 175-214

    Moltenbrey, Michael

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-23002-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dawn of Small Worlds
Book Subtitle
Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, Comets
Authors
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-23003-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-23003-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-23002-3
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 273
Number of Illustrations
75 b/w illustrations, 45 illustrations in colour
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