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Astronomy
     

Astronomy

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by Carole Stott
 

A panoramic look at astronomy, this book covers every aspect of the subject and chronicles the discoveries made by stargazers, from the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs to today's advanced space probes.

Crammed with authoritative information and interesting facts about everything from the birth of stars to the search for extraterrestrial life, this fascinating book

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A panoramic look at astronomy, this book covers every aspect of the subject and chronicles the discoveries made by stargazers, from the ancient Egyptians and Aztecs to today's advanced space probes.

Crammed with authoritative information and interesting facts about everything from the birth of stars to the search for extraterrestrial life, this fascinating book offers children a broad perspective on their universe. Crisp, up-to-date photographs complement the text, while detailed captions and diagrams bring clarity to more complex concepts. There's information on how to identify familiar and unusual constellations as well as answers to the questions that have intrigued both children and great astronomers since the beginning of civilization.

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Children's Literature
Astronomy is the scientific study of the stars and planets. The scientists who do the studying are called astronomers. Now their fundamental tool is the telescope. However, prehistoric humans were the first astronomers. They identified five wandering stars (planets) and identified many imaginary pictures in the stars or constellations. Four thousand years ago the Babylonian had the most advanced astronomical knowledge of the time. Around 200 BC a Greek astronomer measured the size of the Earth. The Greeks and Arabic-speaking peoples expanded on the knowledge of the Babylonians and passed it on to Medieval Europe. Today astronomers use highly evolved telescopes to collect the energy waves that are emitted from stars. The world's most powerful telescopes are located on mountaintops, many in the Americas. Five major telescopes are located in Chile. Optical and radio telescopes are also located in Arizona, New Mexico and California. This well designed and illustrated large format overview of astronomy focuses on the solar system and the stars. There is a combination of illustrations and photographs to support the basic text. Numerous sidebars on each spread provide supplemental material. 2003, Kingfisher Publishers, Ages 7 to 12.
—Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Not so much an update of Martin Redfern's The Kingfisher Young People's Book of Space (Kingfisher, 1998) as a survey of the solar system and beyond for slightly younger or less-able readers, this volume combines small, sharp, color photos and larger artists' conceptions with easily digestible blocks of explanatory text. Focusing particularly on the history and tools of astronomy, from ancient views of how the universe works to types of telescope in use today, Stott groups the planets into "rock worlds," "ringed worlds," and smaller bodies, then looks past them all to the stars, constellations, and the stellar life cycle. Her information isn't particularly current-the most recent Mars probe she mentions, for instance, is 1997's Mars Pathfinder-and aside from an easy-to-miss quartet of Web sites, there are no leads to further sources. As a plethora of recent books covers similar territory, consider this one appealing, but supplementary.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753455821
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
10/31/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
63
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.86(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Carole Stott has written more than twenty books on astronomy and space and is a feature writer for the U.K. magazine Astronomy Now. Carole authored Kingfisher Knowledge: Stars and Planets, I Wonder Why Stars Twinkle and Other Questions About Space, and Astronomy, and she was a chapter contributor to The Kingfisher Science Encyclopedia. Before turning to full-time writing, she was curator and then the head of the observatory at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.

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Astronomy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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It'a a great book for those who are starting to get to know and learn about astronomy. It's about everything of space and the realm of stars. It's really amazing!