Far-Out Guide to the Icy Dwarf Planets

Far-Out Guide to the Icy Dwarf Planets

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by Mary Kay Carson

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Pluto-It Used to be our Ninth Planet. But scientists have reclassified Pluto as a "dwarf planet." So what exactly is a dwarf planet? How do scientists study and classify them?

Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and many far-out facts about the dwarf planets Pluto, Eris, Makemake, Ceres, and Haumea. All the facts you need,

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Pluto-It Used to be our Ninth Planet. But scientists have reclassified Pluto as a "dwarf planet." So what exactly is a dwarf planet? How do scientists study and classify them?

Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and many far-out facts about the dwarf planets Pluto, Eris, Makemake, Ceres, and Haumea. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—Lively writing with specific facts systematically presented and plenty of dramatic space art and photography add up to a winning formula for these introductions to our planet and its solar neighborhood. Highlighting the satellites and space probes that have played such central roles in our exploration of the solar system, Carson offers a thrillingly alarmist view in Asteroids and Comets of the (relatively) small rocks and comets that hurtle through local space to, on occasion, collide spectacularly with Earth or other planets. In the second title, she explains how the Landsats and other satellites have led us to a better understanding of the inner and outer characteristics of Earth. The author then surveys our rapidly expanding knowledge of Jupiter and its teeming system of moons and describes our tentative first steps toward closer looks at the enigmatic Pluto and three other Pluto-like icy dwarfs beyond. Aside from misleadingly dense representations of the asteroid belt and of near-Earth objects in Asteroids, the illustrations are above average—a cogent and well-placed mix of astro-photos, processed images, speculative paintings, and portraits of space gear and scientists at work. Numerous sidebars, spreads of summary "Fast Facts" in each volume, and select lists of multimedia resources expand and support presentations that will appeal equally to casual readers and researchers.—John Peters, formerly at New York Public Library
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series offers a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. In this fascinating volume, young researchers will learn that the discovery of Pluto in 1930 changed the way planets are classified and led to a new category of space objects named dwarf planets. Astronomers had long hunted for a planet beyond Neptune, so Pluto was at first called the ninth planet. By 2006, scientists decided that Pluto was different from other planets (smaller, icy, unusual orbit) and that there were thousands of small objects similar to Pluto in the Kuiper Belt orbiting beyond Neptune. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that in 1978 observers noticed Pluto's moon Charon, almost a twin to Pluto. Three pages of "Fast Facts about Icy Dwarf Planets" add more information; for example, in 2003 another Kuiper Belt Object (KBO), bigger and farther out than Pluto, was located and named Eris (goddess of discord). Was Eris a tenth planet? Astronomers decided not—another new class of space objects called plutoids (including Pluto and Eris) was born! What's next for Pluto-like objects? So far, all information has come from telescopes; no spacecraft has visited Pluto or the icy Kuiper Belt. A new, extremely fast spacecraft is already on its way, expected to arrive at Pluto in 2015. New Horizons will study Pluto's atmosphere and surface and fly by Charon, Pluto's other moons, and several KBOs. Illustrations are photos (color when possible) and computer-generated paintings. Included are a helpful glossary, a bibliography, and a list of websites about Pluto exploration, the solar system, and Pluto and Eris movies. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
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Far-Out Guide to the Solar System Series
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I nod and grab my mouse, briskly following her back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watched him disappear, a worm of doubt in her stomach. She had never had to do something like this before. . . She shook her head, as if to displace her troubled thoughts. She scented the air, the wind ruffling her whiskers. The wind! A glimmer of a memory of what her mother had told her surfaced. Always be downwind of your prey. But where was downwind of Goldenstar, exactly? She sniffed the air again, catching a trail of his scent. She padded into the grass, looking around. She was oblivious to the grass catching on her fur, setting the others rattling wildly. She caught sight of Goldenstar ahead and crouched, the grass releasing its hold on her. Carefully, she drew herself forward. It was just like hunting, except with bigger prey. She twitched her whiskers in satisfaction and pounced on Goldenstar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deercloud nodeed and foloowed him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She stalked a rabbit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looks up a tree, and spots a bluebird nest with a bluebird in it. She climbs the tree and inches torwards the bluebird, careful not to slip and fall. When she is close enough, she snags her claws on the birds feathers. She pulls the desperate bird torwards her, and grabs it with her mouth. she climbs down the tree, then crushes the bird and pads to the other cats.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He nodded..
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The light gray tabby flattens her ears at Goldenstar's hissing. Clearly he is hurt to the point where he can't recognize her. "Goldenstar it's okay it's me! You've got to calm down. I'm trying to..." Suddenly the eagle's cry reaches her ears and with a gasp, Lilywolf looks up just in time to witness it bearing down on her. Then the bird's talons pierce her fur and rip her away from Goldenstar. "No!" She screams, terror filling her gaze. "Goldenstar help!" But the ground has already disappeared far below her and her heart lurches in her chest. "No! This can't happen! Goldenstar! He won't make it back alone!" Then suddenly there is nothing holding her and the tabby plummets to the earth with a shriek. The sound that follows is sickening as she lands on her infected back leg with a shattering crunch. Lilywolf lets out a hoarse wail, feeling the agony rip through her. For a moment blackness threatens to take over her vision but she manages to fight it off only to be greeted with the sight of the eagle flying off with a golden tom in its talons. "Goldenstar! No! No Goldenstar!" Tears streaming down her face, the tabby weakly rises to her paws, her heart shattering. "No! No he can't be dead! I promised I'd protect him! Goldenstar no! My furball..." A sob sears through her and Lilywolf wants to lay down and die right there. But somewhere inside she refuses to accept it. "No... no it can't be. He still has many lives. He could still make it. I won't believe anything else unless... unless I see it. But I've got to get to him before..." A shudder races through her and suddenly desperation sends her stumbling forward. First she limps over to the sage where she had hidden Lavapaw and meows, "Lavapaw the eagle.... it took Goldenstar. But don't you worry. I'm going after it. I need to you to head back to camp and warn the others. Stay safe and go quickly. I will see you soon." Turning, the deputy grits her teeth at the pain as she hobbles as quickly as possible after the eagle. She can vaguely see it off in the distance and yowls, "Goldenstar I'm coming! It'll be okay! I love you! Just hold on!" More tears drip from her whiskers as the eagle vanishes out of sight. The shecat miserabally pushes onward, thinking of everything she wants to tell Goldenstar if she can just see him again. Eventually she disappears as well, leaving only a light blood trail and tears behind. ~ Lilywolf &hearts