Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe
Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe
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Annotation: Vivid illustrations, rich photos, side bars, questions, star charts, moon mats, and scientific diagrams are compiled in a comprehensive reference tool that explores the new solar system, the birth of stars, Saturn's ring, and so much more.
Catalog Number: #18624
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Pages: 191 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-426-30170-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-15059-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-426-30170-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-15059-1
Dewey: 520
LCCN: 2007061234
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This text introduces readers to the most current information available about the universe. Information is presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. The author writes in a conversational tone and begins with an introduction to the universe that includes how it began and how we know what we know. Readers are then taken on a virtual tour of the solar system and presented with information about the newly designated 11 planets and their varying categories. Fact boxes are provided for each of the planets with such information as the planet's mass, density, length of day and length of year (measured in Earth days), average surface temperature, and more. Comets, the Kuiper Belt, and asteroids are also discussed. This is followed by information on the stars and galaxies. The final two chapters address whether we are alone in the universe and where science and research might take us in the future. The book features bright, eye-catching illustrations that author Aguilar created on his computer. In addition, there are many vibrant photographs in the book that were taken by cameras here on Earth as well as by satellites and telescopes. The layout features colorful, well-annotated images on every page spread. The images nicely supplement the text and help to relay concepts. In one of the chapters, images with a binocular symbol indicate objects that can be seen in the night sky with binoculars. The book concludes with four different time lines; "Time Line of the Solar System," "Time Line of Humans on Earth," "Time Line of Astronomy to 1961," and "Time Line of Astronomy 1963 to the Present," which covers through 2020, when spacecraft in the Constellation program are scheduled to return human explorers to the moon. Also included are a glossary, an index, and a list of additional reading and Web sites. With appeal for students doing research, as well as the lay reader, this colorful resource is recommended for upper-elementary, middle-school, high-school, and public libraries.
Horn Book
This book includes discussions of the title bodies in addition to space exploration and commercialization technologies and possible extraterrestrial life. The detailed and informative entries cover historical and more recent findings, accounts of scientific debates, and speculation as to what future research might bring. The sharp-focused illustrations combine real satellite and telescope images with computer-generated depictions of planets and spacecraft. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Incorporating the 2006 official restructuring of the solar system, plus recent discoveries and theories about extra solar planets, galaxies, and the history of the universe, this broad survey would make an acceptable replacement for its many outdated cousins were it not riddled with errors. Assuring readers that anyone incautious enough to step out onto the surface of Venus would be "crushed like a paper cup-or toasted," Aguilar pairs his own lively tour of the planets and contributing writers' looks at the rest of the cosmos and speculations about the future of space travel with a riveting mix of "straight" space photos and dramatic digital blends of art and photography. This is all to the good, but Galileo is labeled a "medieval astronomer," Jupiter is inaccurately dubbed "egg shaped," and different figures are given on different pages for the Sun's rate of self-consumption. Furthermore, there are discrepancies between text and pictures; Ganymede is correctly billed as larger than Earth's Moon but looks smaller in the picture, and though Neptune is said to have four rings, only three are visible in the accompanying art. Several similar titles, such as Gordon Ritter's Planets, Stars, and Galaxies (Chelsea House, 2007) are out or in the pipeline; despite high marks for reader appeal, libraries would be well advised to hold off on adding this one in hopes of a corrected reprint.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Voice of Youth Advocates
Aguilar, astrophysicist and artist, takes readers on a thought-provoking adventure into the universe's past, present, and future in this visually stunning work. Starting with an imaginary voyage though the solar system on a spaceship powered by nuclear fusion, readers then travel to stars, nebulas, and galaxies, all the while discovering interesting astronomical concepts such as dark matter and energy. Juxtaposing the most current scientific thinking with opportunities to explore the imaginary gives this work a unique flavor. For example, the written portions not only talk about concrete science in easy-to-understand terms, but the text also gives budding scientists an opportunity to dream about what it might be like to live in a space hotel or encounter life on other planets. In addition, the stunning scientific photographs are placed alongside computer-generated artwork by the author to help readers visualize the great expanses of space by providing extremely distinct views of the universe. Within the text, occasional sidebars are included to highlight interesting facts and explain noteworthy concepts. Concluding the work are two unique time lines, one of the solar system and the other of the history of astronomy, which put the vastness of the topic into perspective. With a powerful tone of awe and wonder throughout, this work's unique blending of fact and fiction will make it a popular addition to almost any collection for would-be scientists and futurists alike.-Rachel Wadham.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 191) and index.
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 5-9

Finally, it's here! The farthest reaches of our universe captured in atlas form for young readers. Planets, Stars, and Galaxies is the space book that pushes the boundaries of man's ultimate frontier. The engaging, educational text, written in collaboration with National Geographic experts, includes the latest discoveries about our universe; while specially commissioned artwork by the author illuminates page after page.

Exciting as well as enlightening, Planets, Stars, and Galaxies belongs on every family bookshelf, providing easy reference for school reports and compelling reading on the myriad mysteries beyond our world. With vivid illustrations and superb photography, this beautiful book puts the wonders of space into every child's hands. This engaging, provocative reference work includes: the new solar system including dwarf planets Pluto, Ceres, and Eris;the latest developments in space exploration, science, and research—how a star is born and dies, "weird worlds," the "galactic zoo," and more;fun facts about space and amazing new images—Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and Hubble's deep-space view;first-hand accounts from scientists and astronauts—what it's like to study the universe and to live in space;a fascinating look into our future in space: What space travel might hold in a reader's own lifetime—moon colonies, hotels on Mars? How will the universe end?questions to ponder, such as "Is there other life in the universe?"an illustrated timeline of space research and exploration, star charts, moon maps, fact boxes, and helpful scientific diagrams.

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