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Extreme Planets! (Smithsonian Q & A Series)

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Overview

In Extreme Planets Q&A

Check out cool Smithsonian websites and exhibits throughout the book

Meet a Smithsonian Specialist

See fabulous close-up photos

Read extremely fun facts about planets

Read More Show Less

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-4- Carson asks 20 planet-related questions, such as, "Why is Mars called the Red Planet?" and "What's a Kuiper Belt Object?" and answers each with a paragraph or two of basic, clearly presented information. Each Q & A also features a URL for a related Smithsonian or other authoritative site, and these are sturdily supplemented by annotated lists of Web and print resources. Aside from two inexact statements on the first spread (no, planets are not quite spherical and yes, large space objects do occasionally cross their orbits-just look what happened, probably, to the dinosaurs), the author won't lead readers astray, and a brief closing interview with a working astronomer adds a valuable human element to the content. This book doesn't quite live up to the title's hype, but it presents some unusual facts, and the big, colorful space photos and digital art provide plenty of visual interest to draw browsers.-John Peters, New York Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060899745
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Smithsonian Q & A Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years

Table of Contents

What is a planet?     4
How did the planets form?     6
How do planets move?     8
What planet orbits the sun the fastest?     10
Why is Venus the solar system's hottest planet?     12
How fast is Earth moving? Why don't you feel it?     14
What's a moon?     16
Why is Mars called the Red Planet?     19
Is there life on Mars? Was there ever life on Mars?     20
Are asteroids planets?     22
What is the largest planet?     24
How many moons orbit Jupiter?     27
What are the rings of Saturn?     28
Who discovered Uranus?     30
What's the weather like on Neptune?     33
What about Pluto?     34
Are there more dwarf planets?     36
What's a Kuiper Belt object?     38
Are there planets circling other stars?     41
Are there earthlike planets beyond our solar system?     42
Meet the Astronomer     44
Glossary     46
More to See and Read     47
Index     48
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