Comets, Meteors, Asteroids, and the Outer Reaches

Comets, Meteors, Asteroids, and the Outer Reaches

by Trudy E. Bell
     
 

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The cold on the other side of Pluto is beyond comprehension. Air is solid there and as hard as a hammer. The Sun looks no larger than any other star. Even the helium in a child's balloon would condense and run in little rivers till it finally turned to frost. Occasionally there is some disturbance. Perhaps a couple of lazy ice balls get too close or even collide. Then one of them can careen slowly and make a long dive toward the sun. It might take a hundred years to make the fall, but by the time it reaches the orbit of Jupiter, it will intercept enough sunlight to boil off some of the surface, form a long dusty tail, and become what we call a comet. This is a book about all the stuff in the Solar System that missed its chance to become a star or a planet. It is full of interesting facts. For example, if all the asteroids were gathered into a single lump, it would not be as large as the moon. Or, once a meteor hit a parked car (there's a picture to prove it). Or, that once, not so very long ago, a massive object slammed into the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. The author is a former editor of Scientific American and Omni magazines. This book is part of the excellent "New Solar System" series. 2003, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
—Michael Chabin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583402894
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
The New Solar System Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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