Far-Out Guide to Jupiter

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Jupiter is Gigantic! It is bigger than any other planet in our solar system. It has rings and centuries-old storms. It has more than sixty moons, too-some with underground oceans! How do we know all this?

Space probes from Earth have visited Jupiter. These robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the King of Planets. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the fifth planet from the Sun. All the facts you need, ...

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Overview

Jupiter is Gigantic! It is bigger than any other planet in our solar system. It has rings and centuries-old storms. It has more than sixty moons, too-some with underground oceans! How do we know all this?

Space probes from Earth have visited Jupiter. These robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the King of Planets. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the fifth planet from the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Gigantic Jupiter—striped with clouds, host to a storm raging for 300 years—is one of the planets explored in this "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, offering a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that Jupiter (named for the Roman king of gods) is the largest planet, with sixty-two moons and four rings (so far discovered); a spinning ball of the gases hydrogen and helium, Jupiter has no land. Though Galileo discovered Jupiter's four largest moons in 1610, it was not until 1994 that space probe Galileo began to explore its weather, atmosphere, and moons, also recording a comet crashing into the planet. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that Jupiter has an enormous, powerful magnetic field. Three pages of Fast Facts add more information; for example, Jupiter's moon, Europa, may conceal an ocean under its ice. A "Jupiter Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about space missions that have helped astronomers learn about Jupiter. While flybys and probes have gathered most information, the Hubble Space Telescope and giant telescopes in Hawaii (discovering twenty-two new moons) have contributed from Earth. Illustrations are color photos, computer-generated paintings, and diagrams. An especially dramatic picture shows Galileo's probe heading into a swirling storm in Jupiter's atmosphere. What is next for Jupiter? Mission Juno took off in 2011, on a five-year solar-powered trip to answer questions about Jupiter's core, auroras, atmosphere, and help scientists understand how and where this gas giant was formed. Included are a respectable glossary and a list of books and websites about Jupiter explorations, planet-watching, and the solar system. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031845
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Series: Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 A Giant with Stripes 8

Jupiter at a Glance 18

Fast Facts about Jupiter 19

Jupiter Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 22

Chapter 2 Worlds of fire and Ice 24

Chapter 3 What's Next for Jupiter? 38

Words to know 44

Find out More and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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