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Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System
Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System
by Barrie W. Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.11

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5.0 out of 5 stars The last unknown planet, 9 Feb 2011
Four years from now we will get a grandstand view of Pluto and its three moons as the spacecraft, New Horizons, zips through the system. Long considered to be the ninth planet of the solar system, though now debatably called by some a dwarf planet, Pluto is the only one of the major planets (as I prefer to call it) not yet visited by a spacecraft. From the Earth and from spacecraft like the Hubble space telescope that are in Earth orbit however we already know a lot. Barrie Jones in this excellent book that is well up to the standard of his many other publications leads us entertainingly and informatively through what we currently know about Pluto, Charon, Nix and Hydra (the three moons), how they were discovered and what we might find out in 2015. Along the way he discourses about most other outer solar system objects like Uranus, Neptune and Kuiper belt objects generally in order to place the knowledge of Pluto in context. This is a fascinating book well worth reading (and buying) and I wholeheartedly recommend it.


Discovering the Solar System
Discovering the Solar System
by Barrie W. Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £47.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth's local neighbourhood, 21 Aug 2009
Everything you could possibly want to know about the local `bit' of space in which we live is covered in this up-dated second edition of Jones' standard textbook. All aspects of the solar system - how it may have been born, details of the sun, planets, asteroids, comets, meteorites, the Oort cloud, etc., etc. are covered in detail - with individual chapters on what goes on inside planets, on their surfaces and (when they've got one) within their atmospheres. Jones includes the occasional equation, but if you're non-mathematical you can skip these bits because the text and diagrams etc. fully explain things anyway. For those of you who like to test your knowledge, questions are interspersed throughout the book - and if you fail the test - Jones' gives full answers so that you can see where you went wrong. The book is lavishly illustrated with colour and monochromatic images and line diagrams and is written in an easy, readable style. The book would be ideal as a set book for a university course on the planets, sun and solar system, but is also essential reading for ANYONE (interested general reader, amateur astronomer, professional scientist) who would like to understand more about the Earth's immediate environment. If you only buy one book about the solar system - buy this one - you won't need another.


The Search for Life Continued: Planets Around Other Stars (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)
The Search for Life Continued: Planets Around Other Stars (Springer Praxis Books / Popular Astronomy)
by Barrie W. Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Is there life out there?, 11 Aug 2009
An excellent review of a fascinating field - authoritative and up-to-date - alas there's no sign of aliens yet - but the numbers of planets in the universe leave little doubt that someone somewhere is waiting to hear from us


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