Far-Out Guide to Saturn

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Saturn-The Jewel of the Solar System-has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystal to a house. How do we know this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Saturn and taught us a lot about this mysterious, faraway planet. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the sixth planet from the Sun.

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Overview

Saturn-The Jewel of the Solar System-has seven mysterious and beautiful rings. These rings, made of ice, dust, and rock, range in size from a snow crystal to a house. How do we know this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Saturn and taught us a lot about this mysterious, faraway planet. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the sixth planet from the Sun.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Shimmering Saturn—swirling ball of gases with seven glowing rings—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 Saturn (named for the Roman god of agriculture) is an icy gas giant, known to astronomers for centuries, but hard to study without recent technology. Spacecraft Cassini began orbiting Saturn in 2004, to investigate Saturn's rings, moons, and weather (one hexagonal storm is the size of four Earths). In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that there are gaps in the rings and some are very faint. Lately, astronomers have been focusing on exploring Saturn's moons, especially Titan, the largest, and medium-sized Enceladus. A "Saturn Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about what space missions have discovered so far. In 2005 Huygens, a probe that landed on Titan, found hills, dunes, canyons, and a pool of icy methane; Cassini reported geysers of water vapor shooting out of salty water on Enceladus. Three pages of Fast Facts add more information; for example, Titan has an atmosphere that may be similar to ancient Earth's. Could life exist on these moons? Illustrations are color photos and computer-generated paintings (an especially interesting one shows progressive stages of Huygens parachuting through Titan's atmosphere). What is next for Saturn? Information from these two missions will keep scientists busy for years, but they're planning an orbiter and probe to explore the moons further, with a launching around 2020. Included are a glossary and a list of books and websites about Saturn explorations, planet-watching, and the solar system. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031784
  • 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: 7.84 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Chapter 1 The Ringmaster 8

Saturn at a Glance 20

Fast Facts about Saturn 21

Saturn Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 24

Chapter 2 Worlds of Water and Haze 27

Chapter 3 What's Next for Saturn? 40

Words to Know 44

Find out More and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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    Posted January 29, 2015

    |Lilywolf to Horseclan - The Shallow Dip|

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    |Lilywolf to Horseclan - The Shallow Dip| <br />

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    As the cats of Horseclan travel west of Slough Creek the land slopes up to the Upland Meadow. Here there seems to be little shelter and the few trees that grow on the slopes offer little protection from the elements. A rocky outcrop is positioned within Horseclan's borders farther south but it lies extremely close to Sandclan's and Rainclan's borders, not ideal for allowing secrecy. However in the heart of Horseclan's territory a shallow dip in the ground disrupts the usual gradual upward climb in the landscape. Within this area the vegetation grows lush and thick. Sedgebrush and grasses stand in large swathes, encircling a clearing almost entirely with only a small gap in the undergrowth providing an entrance into the hidden hollow. Once past the vegetation, the clearing is made up of rocky ground covered in wildflowers. A small lodgepole pine that has just escaped its time as a sapling grows almost in the middle of the clearing, sheltering the remains of a badger den between its roots. With plenty of space and decent protection, it is in this place that Horseclan will make its home. Cats of all ages can deposit and eat prey, share tongues, sun bathe, or simply share the news of the day in this sheltered spot. For countless moons to come this little dip will witness the ever changing lives of the cats of Horseclan as they continue to survive and thrive as they follow the Warrior Code. ~ The Shallow Dip, Lilywolf <br />

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    P.S. This place does actually exist and can be viewed on the various maps described in The Slough Creek Introduction - Part 2 at the Pact Clan Area (currently located at &quot;falcon greatest hikes&quot; all results). If curious, you can check it out by following the directions listed there. Use the map in the first result of the Pact Clan Area to find the introduction!

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