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Is Pluto a Planet? A Historical Journey Through the Solar System

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ISBN-10: 069113846X

ISBN-13: 9780691138466

Edition: 2006 (Revised)

Authors: David A. Weintraub

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A Note from the Author On August 24, 2006, at the 26th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague, by a majority vote of only the 424 members present, the IAU (an organization of over 10,000 members) passed a resolution defining "planet" in such a way as to exclude Pluto and established a new class of objects in the solar system to be called "dwarf planets," which was deliberately designed to include Pluto. With the discovery of Eris (2003 UB313)--an outer solar system object thought to be both slightly larger than Pluto and twice as far from the Sun--astronomers have again been thrown into an age-old debate about what is and what is not a planet. One of many…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.26" wide x 9.25" long x 0.61" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

David A. Weintraub is professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of "Is Pluto a Planet?: A Historical Journey through the Solar System" (Princeton).

Preface
What Is a Planet?
Seven Perfect Planets Made of Aether
The Earth Becomes a Planet
Sixteen Planets
Not Everything That Orbits the Sun Is a Planet
Uranus!
The Celestial Police
Neptune, the Thirteenth Planet
Easy Come, Easy Go
Pluto, the Fourth Ninth Planet
Hidden Secrets of the Outer Solar System
The Plutinos
Is Pluto a Planet?
Goldilocks
2006 Postscript: Current Thoughts by Other Astronomers
2008 Postscript: The Post-2006 Status of Pluto
What We Know about Pluto
Notes
Index