Chapter 7. The Small Objects in Planetary Systems

  1. Stephen Eales

Published Online: 23 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch7

Planets and Planetary Systems

Planets and Planetary Systems

How to Cite

Eales, S. (2009) The Small Objects in Planetary Systems, in Planets and Planetary Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470721780.ch7

Author Information

  1. School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470016923

Online ISBN: 9780470721780



  • small objects in planetary systems;
  • evidence of meteorites;
  • radioactive decay sequences in estimating age of meteorites;
  • asteroid belt;
  • asteroid Gaspra image taken by Galileo on its way to Jupiter;
  • comets in solar system;
  • Comet West;
  • collision of Deep Impact probe with Comet Tempel 1 image;
  • Oort Cloud;
  • Edgeworth–Kuiper (EK) belt


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The evidence of the meteorites

  • The asteroid belt

  • Comets

  • The Oort Cloud

  • The Edgeworth-Kuiper belt

  • Exercises

  • Further Reading and Web Sites