This review is from: The Hunt for Planet X: New Worlds and the Fate of Pluto (Hardcover)
Best book I have ever read. Well. If you are interested in the history of how and when the minor planets beyond Saturn were discovered, then this is an unmissable book. Very well written. I took it on holiday with me and struggled to read it slowly, to make it last.
The book starts with the people in the 1800s who were discovering the rocks that made up the missing planet between Mars and Jupiter. Then goes on to discuss the more recent discoveries of orbiting lumps of ice and rock in the general area of Pluto, the Kuiper belt. This book talks about the competing teams who were racing to confirm new objects and their orbits. The hunt continues today, though the book concludes with the new generation of large telescopes that will be able to look further and in more detail than the planet hunters of even thirty years ago could have imagined.
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