Discusses the orbit, atmosphere, moons, surface features, exploration, and other aspects of the planet Neptune.
Children's LiteratureNeptune is another of the giant gaseous planets that make up those on the outer reaches of our solar system. A bright blue planet due to the high amounts of methane in its atmosphere, Neptune is sixty times the size of Earth. A planet with some of the most extreme atmospheric conditions in our system, Neptune is a harsh world. On Neptune temperatures plunge to minus 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Violent storms rage across the planet's surface with winds reaching 1,500 miles per hour. Some of these storms are so huge that they appear as dark spots on the planet's surface. One such dark spot was larger than Earth and disappeared in recent years as the storm abated. Neptune is truly an alien world where life forms we are familiar with could not survive for more than a few seconds. This stark world is the subject of this book in "The Galaxy" series. Author Gregory Vogt does a professional job of describing the strange world of Neptune. The author presents a sturdy body of knowledge in a concise manner. He also offers up some compelling visual images of Neptune and its many moons. This is a high quality book that will be valued by younger readers with an interest in science. 2000, Bridgestone Books, Romaneck
School Library JournalGr 3-4-Brief but meaty introductions to the outer planets, combining seldom-seen color photos with single-page "chapters" of text. Though sometimes oversimplified, the information is a lively mix of basic facts, nonstandard background material, and recent discoveries about each planet's rings, atmosphere, physical features, and selected moons. Special terms are defined in appended glossaries, and generally in context, too; sizes, revolution and rotation periods, and distances are given both in the narrative and in accompanying charts. Each volume closes with an easily reproduced science demonstration, plus two-to-four-item lists of books, addresses, and Web sites. Though the photos have a cramped, over-enlarged look-probably due to the books' small trim size-such shots as a radiophotograph of Jupiter showing its massive magnetic fields and Hubble Space Telescope views of Pluto before and after computer enhancement will grab the attention of young space enthusiasts. Consider these above-average titles as alternatives-or better yet, companions-to equivalent volumes of "True Book" series updates (Children's).-John Peters, New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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