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Tracing the evolution of humankind’s pursuit of astronomical knowledge, this resource looks deep into the furthest reaches of space. Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the solar system. In addition to its engaging history, this book contains 21 hands-on projects to further explore the subjects discussed. Readers will build a three-dimensional representation of the ...
Tracing the evolution of humankind’s pursuit of astronomical knowledge, this resource looks deep into the furthest reaches of space. Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the solar system. In addition to its engaging history, this book contains 21 hands-on projects to further explore the subjects discussed. Readers will build a three-dimensional representation of the constellation Orion, see how the universe expands using an inflating balloon, and construct a reflecting telescope out of a makeup mirror and a magnifying glass. It also includes small biographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major scientific discoveries, a glossary of technical terms, and dozens of full-color images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.
"A fast-paced, but worthwhile, tour of the history of astronomy. Carson shows unusual finesse in communicating the methods and significance of scientific breakthroughs . . . Notable for its unusually clear explanations of complex topics, this volume is a worthy companion to Exploring the Solar System." —Booklist
“A comprehensive combination of astronomical history and science, with activities that should encourage curiosity and involvement.” —Publishers Weekly
"This volume is a great reference tool for astronomy lovers. The combination of history with hands–on activities is a novel approach that would certainly entertain and engage middle school students and beyond. The photos on the glossy pages are eye-catching and the diagrams come with great explanations . . . this volume would make a great resource for a school library or the library of a budding astronomer." —National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Recommends
"This inviting and informative comprehensive survey will be useful for homework assignments and may send young scientists to further studies of astronomy." —School Library Journal
"The activities are perfect 'boredom busters' for cold winter days." —Washington Post
"The book stands out from other introductions to the field because of the activities, all of which use simple and easy-to-find materials." —Science Magazine
"I would recommend this book to all children who have a passion for learning, not just about the night sky, but all aspects of our scientific history. The many illustrations and activities only enhance the reader's understanding of the subject matter and enable him or her to be challenged to learn more, and hopefully one day to join the ranks of the great people documented in the book." —National Space Society
"Scientific terms and concepts are clearly explained in context, and Carson’s lucid writing makes difficult-to-grasp ideas manageable. The pages are packed with colorful reproductions, crisp photos, charts and diagrams, and dazzling NASA images." —School Library Journal
Note to Readers
1: Pre-History–1600: Stargazers to Scientists
Ptolemy on a Plate
Make an Astrolabe
Get Ready to Star Watch
2: 1600s: Telescopes and Gravity
The Power of Lenses
Make a Reflecting Telescope
Split White Light
3: 1700s–1800s: Unveiling the Stars
Make a 3D Starscape
Milky Way on Edge
Handy Sky Distances
4: 1915–1940: Space-Time Tricks, Island Universes, and the Biggest Bang
Warp Some T-Shirt Space-Time
A Toy with No Equal
Sweet Twisted Space-Time
Expand a Balloon-iverse
5: 1930s–1970s: Discovering the Invisible: Quasars, Pulsars, and Black Holes
Track Down Interference
Make a Radio Picture
Make a Pulsar
Make a Black Hole
6: 1980s–2010s: Frothy Galaxies, Alien Planets, and Dark Energy
Soap Up Some Galaxy Clusters
Our Galactic Group in 3D
Track Down Exoplanets
Posted July 3, 2013
I know I probably get a little over zealous when it comes to non-fiction books, but I really can't help it. Beyond the Solar System was just so fascinating! I took my kids to NASA and that also helped with my (and their) interest in the subject of the universe.
The book starts off with the earliest explorations into the stars and continues on through the years until it reaches the present day. So it is written like a history book. An AMAZING history book. I had no idea how interesting the stars could be until I read this!
This book is written well, so it kept me interested the whole way through. There are activities that kids (or adults) can do to enrich the experience. The activities were fun, but I couldn't do all of them because I didn't have access to some of the items needed in order to complete them. Even so, this is a really informative book that every library, school, and budding astronomer should have.
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Posted June 22, 2014