The interactive observing tools at skypub.com/tools include such diverse functions as a daily almanac, a telescope eyepiece calculator, predictions of Algol minima, an artificial satellite tracker, and tools to predict the visibility of all the major planetary satellites
as well as surface features on Jupiter and Mars.
The conference covers planets and all related areas, including planetary satellites
, small bodies, comets, meteors, the interplanetary medium, exoplanets, and astrobiology.
The 13 contributions in the 2007 edition of this annual series summarize recent development in understanding star formation, irregular planetary satellites
, and the intergalactic medium in rich clusters of galaxies.
of the outermost planetary satellites
, which lie closest to the boundary of the Hill sphere, show large variations in planetocentric orbital paths (Fig.
To extend that model to the formation of planetary systems and planetary satellites
He also briefly states that the same could be true of other planets and planetary satellites
Ignoring the existence of asteroids, planetary satellites
and other itinerant but minor bodies, the solar system consists essentially of just nine planets and the sun.
These cameras enable recording occultations of faint stars by the Moon, dwarf planets, asteroids, and planetary satellites
, and mutual occultations and eclipses between the satellites of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.
Several groups hunting small planetary satellites
have discovered five more moons orbiting Uranus.
Recent advances are addressed under a wide variety of topics including, orbital properties; nomenclature; taxonomy; physical characteristics such as sizes, composition, colours, shapes and rotations; forma tion processes and collisional evolution; the largest objects; binaries; atmospheres; links with Jupiter-family comets, planetary satellites
and other solar system populations; extrasolar dust disks; laboratory studies; and prospects for the future including stellar occultations, NASA's Pluto--Kuiper Belt mission New Horizons due to arrive at Pluto in 2015, and future surveys.
Besides Pluto's association with the Kuiper Belt, they noted, it is smaller than many planetary satellites
. Planethood proponents countered that it is a world with its own personality and its own story to tell.
The program does not plot any planetary satellites
or asteroids, but it does handle the Sun, Moon, and major planets.