Neptune

Neptune

by Robin Birch
     
 

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How big is Neptune?

What is it made of?

How for is Neptune from the Sun?

How many Earth day does it take Neptune to orbit the Sun once?

What is it really like on Neptune?

What are day and night like on Neptune?

What future missions are planned to explore Neptune?

Find answers to these questions and discover more about Neptune and the fascinating world

Overview

How big is Neptune?

What is it made of?

How for is Neptune from the Sun?

How many Earth day does it take Neptune to orbit the Sun once?

What is it really like on Neptune?

What are day and night like on Neptune?

What future missions are planned to explore Neptune?

Find answers to these questions and discover more about Neptune and the fascinating world of the solar system in this series covering each of the eight planets, dwarf planets, the Sun, Moon, and stars each of the eight planets, dwarf planets, the Sun, moon, and stars.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Originally published in Australia, this "New Solar System" series delivers the latest astronomical news through 2008, illustrations on every page, and many statistics. In five or six brief chapters, young scientists will learn about the planets and other heavenly bodies as well as the space exploration that provided us with information on those objects. The book also includes a short explanation and illustration of Greek or Roman deities associated with the planets, which is an attractive extra. This book explores Neptune, and the planet's namesake, Roman god of the sea, is shown as a metal sculpture. Readers will discover that this gas-giant planet is heavier, though smaller, than Uranus and revolves more speedily. Neptune's atmosphere contains hydrogen, helium, and methane, which may give the planet its bright blue color, long, thin clouds, fast winds, and hurricanes. A "Rings and Moons" chapter describes Neptune's cloudy rings and thirteen moons, of which Titan is the only large one. Budding astronomers may not know that three smaller moons are named for mythical sea creatures: Triton, Proteus, and Nereid, which is shown riding a seahorse on an ancient Greek buckle. For those intrigued by space exploration, the author explains that Neptune has been photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope and visited by space probe Voyager 2, which will send back information until 2030. Clear, no-nonsense text moves along briskly, while illustrations, which are mostly in saturated colors on dark backgrounds, are eye-catching. Further help includes a "Neptune Fact Summary," a glossary, and a list of websites. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604132151
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Series:
The New Solar System Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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