Far-Out Guide to the Sun

Far-Out Guide to the Sun

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by Mary Kay Carson
     
 

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Everything in Our Solar System Orbits The Sun. It is the center of our solar system, and affects everything in it. Sometimes the Sun creates powerful storms and solar winds. How do we know all this? Spacecraft from Earth have visited the Sun. These robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the star at the center of our solar system. Learn about the amazing

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Everything in Our Solar System Orbits The Sun. It is the center of our solar system, and affects everything in it. Sometimes the Sun creates powerful storms and solar winds. How do we know all this? Spacecraft from Earth have visited the Sun. These robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the star at the center of our solar system. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about 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
The Sun—yellow dwarf star and dazzling center of our solar system—is explored in this volume of the "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, which offers 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 weather on the Sun affects Earth dramatically—the Sun has eleven-year seasons or sunspot cycles, when magnetic energy causes solar storms. One such storm hit Earth in 1859, causing telegraph wires to explode; scientists believe the damage would be much worse with today's technology. Spacecraft Hinode (launched in 2006) is studying solar winds and the Sun's magnetic field with three solar telescopes. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that solar winds also cause auroras, colorful moving lights near our Poles. Reassuringly, space weather forecasters monitor explosions (or hurricanes) in the Sun's atmosphere and issue alerts of solar activity, giving engineers time to prepare. Three pages of "Sun Fast Facts" add more information; for example, the Sun will get hotter as it ages and, in about five billion years, will start to die. A "Sun Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a success story about robotic spacecraft Genesis, which gathered particles from solar winds, then crashed on landing in Utah. Scientists were able to retrieve information from the broken collector wafers made mostly of gold and sapphire. What's next for the Sun? Some probes and satellites are studying the Sun right now, but Solar Probe+ will take off in 2015, circling through the Sun's corona until at least 2022 to study solar weather up close. Included are a helpful glossary, a bibliography, and a list of websites about the Sun and space weather. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766031791
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 9.28(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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Far-Out Guide to the Sun 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the other cats finish up, Whitefury and Bramblepaw move into the outcrop. "What are we doing today?" Bramblepaw asked. "We will do a lesson, and then some battle practice." Whitefury responded, "So sit down." He added a second later. Bramblepaw sat and prepared to listen. Whitefury cleared his throat and began, "Do you know about a cat named Redspirit?" He asked, "Yeah, cats talked about him., i've heard his name but i don't know why." Bramblepaw responded. "Redspirit wasn't a good cat. He was a tyrant, in some sense. He, with the help of a dark-forrest warrior, took over Horseclan for a short time," whitefury left the part where he "helped" out.. "He killed a few cats, and did other things to others. Why am i telling you? Well, i feel you should learn about these things.. If we ignore or forget our clans past, we're bound to repeat it some time down the road. I also am trying to teach you to notice tirany(zpell fail) so that it doesn't have to happen again. Redspirit was corupted by greed for power, and he was merciless. Now that you know who he was, we'll move on now. Jump at me." He said. Bramblepaw looked confused and did what he was ask. Whitefury grabed him in the air and threw him to the ground, "don't let cats taunt you.." He said..... (Post the rest later..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh and Lily, I'm locked out of both main camps (Ashclan and Horseclan) so if it isn't too much trouble could you help me?) He watches in horror as blood from the wound splatters the ground. He immediatly sheaths his claws and responds to her battering by going limp for a second. Then, as she finally relaxes her grip, he pushes upward, knocking her off. He purrs, knowing he did a good job, but then shakes his head and launches into a hunting crouch, ready to pounce if needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Sure thing! I'll tell Ashclan and I'll work on moving Horseclan!) <br> <br> The light gray tabby lets out a grunt as she is knocked away and turns to face Jack again. She doesn't attack however and instead shakes the dust from her pelt. "Good job Jack! My daughter seems to have taught you well. Now that all the rogues have received their assessments I will report to Goldenstar their progress. You can expect to be warriors very soon!" With a smile Lilywolf leads everyone back to camp. ~ Lilywolf &hearts