Weird Comets and Asteroids:
The Strange Little Worlds of the Sun’s Family
Springer, 2017, 279 pp., Paperback, $34.99. www.springer.com
This book concentrates on some of the odd aspects of comets and asteroids. Strange behavior of comets, such as outbursts and schisms, and how asteroids can temporally act as comets are discussed, together with the possible threat of Centaur-class objects like the Taurid complex. Recent years have seen the distinction between comets and asteroids become less prominent. Comets in “asteroid” orbits and vice versa have become almost commonplace, and a clearer view of the role of small bodies in the formation of the solar system and their effect on Earth has become apparent. The author covers this development in detail by including new data and information from space probes.