Far-Out Guide to Uranus

Overview

Uranus is a Strange World. Instead of spinning like a top, like the other planets, Uranus spins like a bead on a string. For some reason, the side of Uranus facing the Sun is the same temperature as the side facing away from it! How do we know all this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Uranus, and they have taught us a lot about this sideways-spinning planet. Learn about the missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the seventh planet from ...

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Overview

Uranus is a Strange World. Instead of spinning like a top, like the other planets, Uranus spins like a bead on a string. For some reason, the side of Uranus facing the Sun is the same temperature as the side facing away from it! How do we know all this?

Spacecraft from Earth have visited Uranus, and they have taught us a lot about this sideways-spinning planet. Learn about the missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the seventh planet from the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Unique Uranus—tilted onto its side, with a winter lasting twenty-one 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 scientists know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn how distant Uranus was discovered in 1781 by astronomer and telescope maker William Herschel. In 1986, Voyagers 1 and 2 (robotic spacecraft) passed by Uranus, measuring the gas giant's temperatures, wind speeds, and gravity, and finding ten new moons. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that Uranus's moons are named for characters from Shakespeare or John Milton—including two Herschel discoveries called Oberon and Titania. Three pages of "Fast Facts" add more information; for example, Earth telescopes discovered eleven more moons between 1997 and 2003. A "Uranus Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a section about further discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope beginning in 1990. Astronomers could now see Uranus's turbulent weather, its dazzlingly bright layer of clouds, and two outer rings. Surprisingly, they observed Uranus's rings changing rather quickly: one disappearing and a new one forming. Illustrations are photos (color when possible) and computer-generated paintings. An especially interesting photo shows the oddly ridged and wrinkled surface of Uranus's moon Miranda. What's next for Uranus? No missions are planned. Though Hubble will stop functioning in 2014, new discoveries will be made using technology like adaptive optics (flexible mirrors controlled by computers) in telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Included are a helpful glossary and a list of books, a Uranus movie, and websites about Uranus explorations, the solar system, and planet-watching. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766031852
  • 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 9.54 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Voyager to Uranus 9

Uranus at a Glance 20

Fast Facts About Uranus 21

Uranus Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 24

Chapter 2 A Telescopic View 26

Chapter 3 What's Next for Uranus 38

Words to Know 44

Find Out More and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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