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This planet was discovered in 1846 and since then, scientists have used a number of varied ideas and technologies to learn more about it. These scientists have calculated the mass of Neptune, know Neptune's chemical composition, know a little about the weather, have discovered eight moons in Neptune's orbit and have recorded the atmospheric pressure on the largest of these moons, Triton. All of this was ascertained by only looking! The text is thorough and factual but not in the least confusing. Photographs, diagrams and maps add interest to the chapters. Fact boxes go into great detail about related topics such as taking a planet's temperature, Johannes Kepler and the algebra of mass. A table of statistics comparing Neptune to Earth, a timeline, glossary and recommended books, Web sites and places to visit are contained at the end. The author holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and lives with his wife and children in Essex Junction, VT. Part of the "Out of this World" series that closely examines the work of scientists and engineers who have pursued learning about what lies beyond Earth's protective atmosphere. A great book about the third largest planet in our solar system. and an excellent addition to a classroom, library or home. 2003, Franklin Watts/Scholastic,
— Cindy Carolan <%ISBN%>0531122670
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Attractive, competent overviews. Each book chronicles our knowledge of the planet, starting with calculations of its existence, through its discovery, and on to what has been learned about it from ground-based observation and space probes. Neptune explains the planet's discovery as a result of its effect on the orbit of Uranus, using that as an example of Kepler's Laws. The discovery of Neptune's rings; information on its moon, Triton; and data from the Voyager 2 flyby and Hubble Space Telescope follow. The book concludes with speculation about possible future missions. Pluto begins with Clyde Tombaugh's search for and discovery of the planet, composition, peculiarities in orbit, and the nature of its companion, Charon. An excellent explanation of how astronomers learn about a planet's mass and orbit is included. The conclusion covers the debate over whether Pluto should be considered a planet or just one of many trans-Neptunian, or Kuiper Belt, objects. The writing in both books is utilitarian, with an occasional "gee whiz" tone, but overall conveys the material well. Outstanding color photos contribute to the content. These titles compare well with volumes in the "Blastoff!" series, such as Rebecca Stefoff's Neptune (Benchmark, 2002), and are somewhat more detailed than Carmen Bredeson's Pluto (Watts, 2001).-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780531155844
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Out of This World Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: So Far Away 9
Chapter 1 The Discovery of Neptune 15
Chapter 2 Neptune Before Voyager 33
Chapter 3 Voyager 2, The Machine 47
Chapter 4 What Voyager Learned 57
Chapter 5 Neptune After Voyager 71
Chapter 6 What's Next? 83
Exploring Neptune: A Timeline 87
Vital Statistics: Comparing Neptune and Earth 89
Glossary 91
To Find Out More 95
Index 105
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