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5.0 out of 5 stars Pluto, 27 April 2011
This review is from: How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming (Hardcover)
I have read a few books about Pluto, some good, some average. This one is excellent. I read Govert Schilling's Hunt for Plant X, which covers a lot of the same ground - namely the hunt for object in the Kuiper Belt, an area of space out past Neptune - so I knew this one could be good. In the 1930s they found Pluto and it was long considered a planet, but scientific opinion changed as more and more object with masses not all that much smaller than Pluto began to cast doubt on Pluto's status.

This book is the story of one of most prominent Kupier Belt hunters, Mike Brown. A well respected astronomer with access to some of the planet's best telescopes, he set about hunting down a new planet after making a bet with a fellow astronomer. The book nicely describes his thought processes, the discovery of each new object, his marriage and birth of his daughter, and the nail biting decision about whether his biggest discovery was to be deemed the tenth planet and put his name in the history books. There is also a juicy bit about how the whole thing was almost stolen from under his nose!

There is no complicated science and the book is written in a way that means you don't need to know much about astronomy to enjoy this book, but it may stir your interest in what is still out there, currently just beyond our vision. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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