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Faraway Worlds: Planets Beyond Our Solar System

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Learn the secrets of planet-hunters as they search for planets beyond our solar system. Is there more to a star than meets the eye?

Take a trip to an alien world and encounter wobbling stars, frozen moons, and boiling oceans. Stunning illustrations and cutting-edge science make this book a first in the field. Includes a glossary and index.

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Overview

Learn the secrets of planet-hunters as they search for planets beyond our solar system. Is there more to a star than meets the eye?

Take a trip to an alien world and encounter wobbling stars, frozen moons, and boiling oceans. Stunning illustrations and cutting-edge science make this book a first in the field. Includes a glossary and index.

A introduction to the search for and discovery of planets ouside our solar system and what life may be like on such distant worlds.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Humans are very curious. We want to know if there are other planets with living creatures like us in the universe. Astronomers are constantly looking for planets outside our solar system. Considering that there are billions and billions of stars in the universe, this is a monumental task. The job is made even harder because planets do not shine like stars and they are much smaller. How do astronomers try to find these elusive planets? Stars and planets attract each other by gravity. A planet's gravitational pull makes a star wobble a little. If astronomers can determine that a star wobbles, perhaps a planet causes the wobble. Astronomers can tell if a star is wobbling by looking at its light. If the light appears to alternate between being redder and bluer, then the star is wobbling. In 1995 Swiss astronomers discovered a star one hundred trillion miles from Earth that wobbled. They determined that a planet orbited the star. They named the planet 51 Pegasis b. This is a fascinating look at this question of other life in the universe and a tribute to the scientists who tackle this challenge. The text is succinct and easy to read with large color illustrations. 2004, Charlesbridge, and Ages 7 to 12.
—Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This introduction to one of astronomy's most active and exciting pursuits combines a simplified account of the clever techniques scientists use to infer the existence of planets orbiting other stars with a gallery of dramatic, if speculative, painted views of what those planets and their suns might look like. Halpern describes the size, orbit, and atmosphere of several recent discoveries, and closes with a reference to the Kepler spacecraft that, when it's launched a few years from now, will really jump-start the search for extrasolar planets. Considering how little is known about these planets, Cook's full-bleed, color art adds more visual interest than hard information, and the distinction between fact and fiction is drawn with reasonable clarity. Halpern and Cook use different but equally effective approaches to kindle that sense of wonder in readers not yet ready for more extensive treatments of the topic, such as Ron Miller's Extrasolar Planets (21st Century Bks., 2002).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570916175
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,267,342
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 10.81 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Halpern, Ph.D., is a professor of mathematics and physics at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His scientific expertise is in time and time travel, extraterrestrial life and new planets, scientific predictions, apocalypse, chaos theory, the Big Bang and early universe. Dr. Halpern has written many books and articles on these subjects.
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