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From planets to space rocks and stars, the sky is filled with an amazing mixture of objects. Full of interesting facts on the birth of stars and constellations, the meaning of "black holes," and the possibility of life on the planet Mars, this fascinating book will take children straight into the heart of space, chronicling the history of stargazing from the discoveries of the earliest astronomers to the most advanced space probes in use today. With the most up-to-date telescopic photos and a detailed history of ...
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From planets to space rocks and stars, the sky is filled with an amazing mixture of objects. Full of interesting facts on the birth of stars and constellations, the meaning of "black holes," and the possibility of life on the planet Mars, this fascinating book will take children straight into the heart of space, chronicling the history of stargazing from the discoveries of the earliest astronomers to the most advanced space probes in use today. With the most up-to-date telescopic photos and a detailed history of important astronomers, discover everything you have ever wanted to know about planets, moons, galaxies, and the origin of the universe. Find out about the constellations that can be identified in the night sky and whether or not shooting stars truly exist. From frozen planets to holes in space, Astronomy takes you on an amazing journey through our solar system and beyond.
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753455821
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Looking at the Universe 4
Earth's eye view 6
The earliest astronomers 8
The center of the universe 10
Looking closer 12
Astronomer at work 14
Tools of the trade 16
Observatory Earth 18
Invisible universe 20
Space explorers 22
The Solar System 24
The Sun 26
Earth: home planet 28
Earth's Moon 30
Rock worlds 32
Near neighbors 34
Space rocks 36
The king 38
Ringed worlds 40
Planetary moons 42
Ice kingdoms 44
The Realm of the Stars 46
Seeing stars 48
Giants and dwarfs 50
Explosive finish 52
Islands in the universe 54
Life in space 56
Beginning to end 58
Reference
Glossary 60
Index 62
Acknowledgments 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

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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!

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