Destination: Space

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The Sun is just one of trillions of stars, and it's not even a big one. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is so incredibly huge that it contains billions of stars bigger and brighter and older than the Sun. And outer space contains billions of galaxies. Now, acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon explores the vastness of the solar system, our galaxy, and beyond!

Explains new discoveries about the universe made possible by the Hubble ...

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Overview

The Sun is just one of trillions of stars, and it's not even a big one. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is so incredibly huge that it contains billions of stars bigger and brighter and older than the Sun. And outer space contains billions of galaxies. Now, acclaimed science writer Seymour Simon explores the vastness of the solar system, our galaxy, and beyond!

Explains new discoveries about the universe made possible by the Hubble Telescope.

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Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Odean
Spectacular photographs taken during the past decade by the Hubble Space Telescope make this a visually stunning introduction to outer space. Simon writes with unusual clarity about the photographs and their subjects, drawing comparisons that will help readers begin to understand concepts such as light-years, black holes and supernovas. The birth of stars, a butterfly nebula and colliding galaxies provide some of the most beautiful shots, which are enhanced by the book's elegant design.
Children's Literature
This collection of full-page color photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is accompanied by clear, detailed descriptions of the images in each photograph, providing context and identifying specific features. Much of the text brings the images down to earth, so to speak, such as the comparison of stars in a star cluster to "the lights of New York City from an airplane." Although some of the images are highly pixellated or missing segments, the significance of the photographs, such as one of a black hole, is clearly emphasized through the text. Other photographs, such as those of stars being born in the Eagle Nebula or of two galaxies colliding, are amazingly clear and startlingly beautiful. Although this is not intended as an introduction to astronomy, the stunning photographs of planets, galaxies, and supernovas may inspire young readers to pick up a more comprehensive guide to the celestial features they've glimpsed here. 2002, HarperCollins,
— Norah Piehl
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In this handsome and fascinating oversized book, Simon discusses the many new discoveries scientists have made because of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which has been orbiting Earth since April, 1990. On each spread, the large-print, easy-to-understand text is supported by a stunning, full-page color photograph. The author explains what discovery each image produced and how the information fits into our existing knowledge. His enthusiastic descriptions create vivid pictures in and of themselves.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The dean of science-writers for the grammar-school set offers comments on over a dozen big, dramatic photos and photo collages generated by the Hubble Space Telescope, from a sharply focused triple image of Mars to a tiny red arc identified as the most distant galaxy every observed. Most of the pictures look thousands of light years into space-to star "nurseries," remnants of massive explosions, clouds surrounding black holes, colliding galaxies, and less identifiable phenomena. In his characteristically matter-of-fact way, Simon (Seymour Simon's Book of Trains, p. 51, etc.) describes just what the viewer is seeing, puts it into astronomical context, and even mentions, sometimes, how or why certain shots were taken. Though this is nothing like a complete picture of what the Hubble has added to our knowledge of the visible universe, it will leave even readers who are not scientifically inclined with both a clearer understanding of modern astronomy's frontiers, and an enhanced sense of wonder at the starscape's vast, turbulent beauty. (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060877231
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/23/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 348,491
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Seymour Simon has been called "the dean of the [children's science book] field" by the New York Times. He has written more than 250 books for young readers and has received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature, the Science Books & Films Key Award for Excellence in Science Books, the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people, and the Educational Paperback Association Jeremiah Ludington Award. He and his wife, Liz, live in Great Neck, New York. You can visit him online at www.seymoursimon.com, where you can read "Seymour Science Blog" and download a free four-page teacher guide to accompany this book, putting it in context with Common Core objectives. Many of Seymour's award-winning books are also available as ebooks.

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