Far-Out Guide to Neptune

Far-Out Guide to Neptune

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by Mary Kay Carson
     
 

Neptune is the planet on the edge of our solar system, furthest from the Sun. It has the fastest winds of the eight planets, and giant swirling storms that stop as suddenly as they start. How do we know all this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Neptune. These robotic explorers have taught us many things about this mysterious, faraway planet. Learn about the

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Neptune is the planet on the edge of our solar system, furthest from the Sun. It has the fastest winds of the eight planets, and giant swirling storms that stop as suddenly as they start. How do we know all this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Neptune. These robotic explorers have taught us many things about this mysterious, faraway planet. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the eighth planet from the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Nebulous Neptune—the brilliant blue ball of gases farthest from the Sun—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 scientists know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that Neptune (named for the Roman god of the sea) was spotted in 1846 by a team of astronomers using math to calculate its orbit. In 1989, after traveling twelve years, space probe Voyager 2 flew past Neptune, studying the planet's weather (turbulent), temperatures (warmer than expected), and finding six new moons. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that a giant storm called the Great Dark Spot (seen in 1989) has disappeared. Three pages of "Fast Facts" add more information; for example, Neptune's largest moon, Triton, is bigger than Pluto and nearly as big as Earth's moon. A "Neptune Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about further discoveries by Voyager 2; for example, icy Triton orbits around Neptune in an opposite direction and has volcanoes erupting frozen lava, while Keck telescopes in Hawaii have photographed Neptune's uneven, fading rings. Scientists speculate about Triton's origins (did it once circle the Sun?) and whether it will eventually destroy itself. What's next for Neptune? New discoveries will come from advanced telescopes on Earth and a possible Argo mission in 2019, though it would take a decade to reach Neptune. Illustrations are photos (color when possible) and computer-generated paintings—one shows what a mission to Neptune and Triton might look like. Included are a helpful glossary and a list of books and websites about Neptune explorations, the solar system, and planet-watching. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031869
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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