Solar system maps : from antiquity to the space age / Nick Kanas.

Author
Kanas, Nick [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • New York, New York : Springer, [2013?]
  • ©2014
Description
1 online resource (xxix, 331 pages) : illustrations (some color).

Details

Subject(s)
Solar systemMaps [Browse]
Series
  • Springer-Praxis books in popular astronomy. [More in this series]
  • Springer-Praxis Books in popular astronomy
Summary note
In recent years, there has been increased interest in our Solar System. This has been prompted by the launching of giant orbiting telescopes and space probes, the discovery of new planetary moons and heavenly bodies that orbit the Sun, and the demotion of Pluto as a planet. In one generation, our place in the heavens has been challenged, but this is not unusual. Throughout history, there have been a number of such world views. Initially, Earth was seen as the center of the universe and surrounded by orbiting planets and stars. Then the Sun became the center of the cosmos. Finally, there was no center, just a vast array of galaxies with individual stars, some with their own retinue of planets. This allowed our Solar System to be differentiated from deep-sky objects, but it didn't lose its mystery as more and more remarkable bodies were discovered within its boundaries.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Source of description
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed Oct. 17, 2013).
ISBN
  • 9781461408963 (electronic bk.)
  • 1461408962 (electronic bk.)
OCLC
860901135
Doi
  • 10.1007/978-1-4614-0896-3
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