AT THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Icy New Worlds Unveiled
Alain Doressoundiram and Emmanuel Lellouch
On August 24, 2006, the Solar System lost its ninth planet!
Pluto - long considered an atypical planet - is now officially
classified as a ‘dwarf planet,’ and is the most famous
representative of the hundreds of new objects, some of them over
a thousand kilometers in diameter, which have been detected
The discovery of the Kuiper Belt has transformed our perception
of the Solar System, and its study has become one of the most
active branches of planetology. What we are finding provides us
little by little with the key to subjects as diverse and fundamental
as the troubled history of the Solar System, its ‘architecture,’ the
origin of comets, and even the formation of lunar craters.
At the Edge of the Solar System
brings together amazing findings
from the cutting edge of research. Illustrated throughout with
magnificent color images, the book explains the importance of
the small bodies in the outer Solar System and also shows the
interrelations between them and sets them in context with planets
in the inner Solar System. It looks at what they can tell us about
the origins and evolution not only of our own Solar System but of
planetary systems around other stars.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
- The Solar System from antiquity to 1930
- Pluto: 80 years of exploration from afar
- First steps on a road of extraordinary discovery
- A jumble of orbits
- New worlds unveiled
- 9 + 1 = 8!
- A history of the outer Solar System (and of the Moon!)
- Tomorrow, here and elsewhere...
A. Identity cards from some 'star' objects
B. The eight planets of the Solar System
216 pages, in full colour Binding:
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