Exploring Black Holes

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What space objects can have millions of times more mass than our Sun, but they remain invisible? Black holes! Their gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. In this book, you'll learn about one of the amazing wonders of space.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series explores outer space and sheds light on the question What's Amazing about Space? Fantastic photos, kid-friendly explanations of science concepts, and ...

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Overview

What space objects can have millions of times more mass than our Sun, but they remain invisible? Black holes! Their gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. In this book, you'll learn about one of the amazing wonders of space.

As part of the Searchlight Books™ collection, this series explores outer space and sheds light on the question What's Amazing about Space? Fantastic photos, kid-friendly explanations of science concepts, and useful diagrams will help you discover the answers!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
How is it possible that black holes have gravitational pull? This is just one of the questions addressed in this book. The pull, Waxman explains, is much more powerful than the Sun's gravity, which is stronger than that of the Earth, its moon, and other planets. Scientists continue to examine mass in relation to gravity since black holes have at least three times more mass and gravity than the Sun, perhaps billions more! Complex scientific concepts are discussed with kid-friendly text and vivid NASA diagrams, drawings and photographs. Books in the "What's Amazing About Space?" series include robots, travel, exoplanets, dangers, and the International Space Station (ISS). The study of this incredible mystery began with John Mitchell and Pierre-Simon LaPlace hundreds of years ago; Albert Einstein and Karl Schwarzchild brought further advancements during the 1900s. However, scientists could not verify the existence of black holes until the 1970s, when they could use special equipment to detect X-rays. Gases and dust are heated by black holes which give off light and energy. In addition, large dying stars (much bigger than the Sun) form stellar black holes when they explode as hydrogen gas runs out. Students can begin a basic understanding of scientific questions as the Searchlight books are integrated into their lessons. The chapter books in this series have consistent formatting, including age-appropriate descriptive textboxes alongside splendid graphics with a basic glossary, a list of a few additional resources and websites, and an index. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761378778
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Series: What's Amazing about Space? Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Hamilton Waxman has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Great Space Mystery 4

Chapter 2 Black Holes up Close 9

Chapter 3 Falling into a Black Hole 17

Chapter 4 Birth of a Black Hole 22

Chapter 5 Studying Black Holes 30

Glossary 38

Learn More about Black Holes 39

Index 40

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