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Atlas of the Universe (Insiders Series)

by Mark A. Garlick
     
 
Inside this remarkable guide to outer space, you'll find everything from detailed planetary topography to the most current facts and figures about our amazing Universe. In addition to extensive maps of outer space, this atlas also includes constellation charts; diagrams and cross sections of space objects like asteroids and meteorites; the latest information on space

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Inside this remarkable guide to outer space, you'll find everything from detailed planetary topography to the most current facts and figures about our amazing Universe. In addition to extensive maps of outer space, this atlas also includes constellation charts; diagrams and cross sections of space objects like asteroids and meteorites; the latest information on space shuttles and missions; and stunning, oversize images that capture exploding supernovas and distant galaxies, Designed for the next generation of space enthusiasts, Atlas of the Universe contains everything you need to navigate the night sky -- and the farthest reaches of the cosmos.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
While the target age group is middle readers and up, I felt it was more like taking an astronomy course. The book is just chock full of information, accompanied by detailed illustrations, drawings, and fabulous photographs. It starts with our solar system, and for each planet, there are pictures and descriptions of unmanned probes or human exploration, as in the case of Earth's Moon. There is a discussion of meteors and meteorites, the asteroid belt, and comets. Then, the story moves on to the universe. There are an incredible number of star systems and types of stars, and the text is accompanied with stupendous pictures of nebula, galaxies, galaxy clusters, and black holes. There is an entire section devoted to stargazing. It includes a good discussion of stargazing, early telescopes, and mapping the stars (the book has more than a dozen star maps, which will help anyone trying to identify constellations in the night sky). The concluding section focuses on space—starting with what are presumed to be the earliest observatories, such as Stonehenge, and showing the interest and records of the Chinese, Babylonians, and Egyptians, all of whom paid close attention to the movements of the stars and planets that they could see and kept records of the seasonal changes. After a brief introduction to Ptolemy, Brahe, Copernicus, Newton, and Galileo—it is a fast forward to the current space program. First, the book covers unmanned missions and telescopes, then man's venture into space, including, of course, the first landing on the Moon, space probes, what the future may hold for exploration, and whether or not life exists elsewhere in the vast realms of space. Missions and launches arerecapped. There is an extensive glossary and multi-page index. This book is an excellent reference and also one that can be picked up and perused and time and again to learn more. For any kid who has an interest in our solar system and beyond, this would be an outstanding purchase. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7- Seamlessly commingling luscious, color space photographs and dramatic, sharply detailed digital imagery, this tour of the universe earns high marks for visual impact. It's not too shabby in breadth of coverage either, opening with both single and group portraits of the solar system and its components, continuing on to do the same for stars and galaxies, adding star charts and other aids for amateur astronomers, and then closing with a history of space exploration. Placed on the art and so, usually, white on black, the text is about evenly split between specific captions and brief general comments, and backed up with summary "Fact File" spreads in each section. The many star charts are large and easy to read (though not outside at night, of course-a common failing of star charts). As there are no leads to print or online resources, or any special emphasis on recent discoveries, this won't replace the more comprehensive likes of Robert Dinwiddie, et al's Universe (DK, 2005) or Patrick Moore's Firefly Atlas of the Universe (Firefly, 2003)-but it will draw a younger audience, and be equally popular for reference and general enquiry.-John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416955580
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
07/08/2008
Series:
Simon & Schuster Insiders Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
10.70(w) x 13.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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