The Asteroids of the Solar System
The intended audience for this short book is the science aware and interested; amateur astronomers; and those who wish to study astronomy at undergraduate level.
There have been many books and articles written about the solar system asteroids. These range from the sensational (which do not always give an accurate scientific perspective) to in-depth research papers and conference proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. This book aims to:
- Give an overview of our current knowledge of asteroids within a scientific and factual context;
- Provide the reader with the necessary information to be able to read advanced works, treatises and research papers in the field;
- Put in perspective research findings and topical events such as the Chelyabinsk impact;
- Provide a suitable basis for an undergraduate level short course in asteroids;
- Encourage and inspire readers to follow their own lines of personal research.
This book is intended to be at an introductory, explanatory, level and no preliminary knowledge of the subject matter, beyond that expected of school level science, is required. There is very little mathematics in this book, but astronomy is a mathematical science so where this is needed, the maths used is fully explained.
- What is an Asteroid
- Orbits of the asteroids
- Orbital evolution
- Asteroid families
- Composition and nature
- Space probe missions
- Genesis of the asteroids
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High quality paperback version. pp 53; 18 colour figures; 15 tables.
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