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[2006-10-18]

Beyond Pluto

Beyond Pluto John Davies* Hardcover: 233 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.7
* Publisher: Cambridge University Press (2001)
* ISBN: 0521800196
* Content

1 The edge of the solar system
2 The Centaurs
3 The mystery of the short-period comets
4 Shooting in the dark
5 Deeper and deeper
6 Sorting out the dynamics
7 What are little planets made of ?
8 Numbers and sizes
9 Things that go bump in the dark
10 Dust and discs
11 Where do we go from here?
12 Will we ever get our names right?


陽系的邊緣到底是一個怎樣的世界?在1992年前,大部份人都沒有多大的肯定,縱然當時已經出現凱伯帶的理論,但仍缺乏觀測的數據支持。這本"Beyond Pluto"相信是坊間僅有以太陽系邊緣為題材的通俗天文書籍,雖說是通俗天文書籍,但對於天文底子不夠深厚的讀者來說,可能也會感到吃力。

這書觸及的是尋找太陽系邊緣的凱伯帶中天體的故事。2001年出版,資料可不算是新,因為此書出版後,凱伯帶的發現已越來越多,什至所發現的天體也越來越大,包括了2003UB313,鬩神星Eris,這顆牽起太陽系行星舌辯的天體,但是有關天文學家如何開始步入太陽系探索的新一頁,這書作了詳述,自1992年發現第一顆凱伯帶天帶至今已超過10年,但是相關的資料卻很少在書本上有詳述什至提及,因此這書可謂是一本有關凱伯帶天體的重要書籍。

由半人馬族小行星的發現,到天文學家默默地搜尋太陽系邊緣世界,天文學家如何去尋找一顆遙遠的天體,如何去分析、跟進這看似乏味的工作,天文學家如何處理這艱難的工作,書中也一一道來。還有與海王星的軌道共震關係、凱伯帶天體顏色分類等。

這絕對是一本認識其中鮮為人知的天文學家一族群生活的好書。

可以找到更多這本書的資料。

How is the edge of the solar system look like? Before 1992, most people are not quite sure even the theoretical Kuiper Belt have been proposed, but it's still lack of observational evidence. This book, titled "Beyond Pluto", is believed to be the only popular science book that is dedicated on the subject of the edge of solar system. However, reading this book would be a bit difficult for the people without solid astronomical background.

This book address the story of the search of Kuiper Belt Objects(KBOs). Published in 2001, the content is not up to date, as the discovery is everchanging, including the finding of 2003UB313, Eris, that led to the great planetary debate. However, this book put detail discussion on the steps and searches of early attempts and discoveries. Since 1992, the first KBO is discovered, but the story of KBO is seldom appeared on books, thus this is a very important book on the subject.

From Centaurs, work of astronomers, how astronomers search, analysis and follow-up, all these are outlined in the book. The orbital resonance with Neptune, color distribution of KBOs etc. are also included.

This is a great valued book for those who want to know more about the life of a small group of astronomers.

You can also find more book info or buy this book here.


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