Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto and How to Observe Them
- Contains a distillation of our current knowledge of Uranus, Neptune, Pluto…and the 10th planet
- Many new observing projects for different sizes of telescopes (from 4-inch-)
- Includes details on how to image cloud features on Uranus
- Describes how to accurately measure and record the brightness of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
- Gives examples of contributions by owners of modest (and some large) aperture telescopes
- Includes finder charts for Uranus and Neptune
This book tells the story of two giants and a dwarf. The giants, Uranus and Neptune, are mostly huge balls of gas, and they make their home in the remotest reaches of the Solar System. The dwarf, Pluto, which can usually be found even farther out than the two giants, was always small, but up until a short while ago, it enjoyed the same status as the other planets, a full-fledged member of the Solar System. Today, Pluto has been re-classified as a "dwarf planet."
In this clear and succinct overview of the current research on these remote Solar System objects, Richard Schmude, Jr., tells us what facts we do know about these faraway entities, what we are seeking to know, and also how to observe them for yourself, using commercially available telescopes. He also explains why Pluto was re-classified and what it means, exactly, to be a dwarf planet.
Intrigued by these objects since boyhood, Schmude has compiled a loving tribute to them, if not making them warm and fuzzy, at least making them seem less remote and bringing them into our current frame of reference, giving them personality and revealing their worth in our understanding of the structure and nature of the Solar System in which we live.