Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and the Outer Solar System

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Infobase Publishing, 2006 - 225 pages
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Discusses what data there is on the distant gas planets and investigates theories about their formation and evolution. Useful for those interested in understanding the science and history behind the exploration of the celestial bodies, this volume brings the mystery of the outer solar system to the forefront.
 

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Contents

Uranus Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
3
The Interior of Uranus
13
Surface Appearance and Conditions on Uranus
23
Rings and Moons of Uranus
37
Neptune Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
63
The Interior of Neptune
75
Surface Appearance and Conditions on Neptune
81
Neptunes Rings and Moons
85
The Rest of the Kuiper Belt Population
125
Beyond the Kuiper Belt
143
The Oort Cloud
145
Conclusions The Known and the Unknown
151
Units and Measurements
159
Light Wavelength and Radiation
171
A List of All Known Moons
180
Glossary
182

Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
99
The Discovery of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
101
Pluto Fast Facts about a Dwarf Planet in Orbit
109
What Little Is Known about Plutos Interior and Surface
113
Charon Plutos Moon or Its Companion Dwarf Planet?
121
Bibliography and Further Reading
190
Internet Resources
191
Organizations of Interest
193
Index
195
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