Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth

Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth

by Jacob Berkowitz
     
 

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Probably not, say most scientists. Chances are there's life out there somewhere-and it's possible we'll track down our cosmic neighbors during your lifetime.

Today, instead of looking for spacecraft filled with aliens, scientists are hunting for a whole planet that can support life - an Alien Earth. This hunt for another living planet will take you beyond our

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Overview

Probably not, say most scientists. Chances are there's life out there somewhere-and it's possible we'll track down our cosmic neighbors during your lifetime.

Today, instead of looking for spacecraft filled with aliens, scientists are hunting for a whole planet that can support life - an Alien Earth. This hunt for another living planet will take you beyond our solar system to fantastic worlds around faraway stars. You'll meet the scientists who are using the coolest tools in astronomy to look and listen for life. And you'll find out how they spot strange alien planets so far away that they can't even be seen-weird worlds with three suns or where it's so hot it rains liquid iron.

Fun and informative, Out of This World is full of outer-space facts, stories and activities. Discover how you can get on board and become part of this incredible alien mission!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—A four-armed young alien observer stationed on nearly every spread is just one of several reminders that life "out there" will likely be very different from life closer to home. The author's conviction that there is alien life—and right on the verge of discovery, too!—underlies his entire discussion of how scientists look for and find dozens of exoplanets every year. Berkowitz examines "extremophile" life on this planet (mostly microscopic creatures such as bacteria); suggests possible harbors for life on Venus, Mars, and certain moons of the outer planets; then goes on to explain how planets orbiting other stars are detected and studied. Several active researchers and even a space artist put in cameos. Lacking leads to further resources but featuring a colorful mix of photos and artists' conceptions, plus a recipe for "Tasty Space Treats" and instructions for manufacturing a fake UFO photo, this title has plenty of appeal as a current, widely angled, not-too-earnest introduction to some of modern astronomy's frontiers.—John Peters, New York Public Library
Quill & Quire
... Jacob Berkowitz is the best kind of kids’ science writer, able to maintain the tension between the profound and the pedestrian.
From the Publisher
... Jacob Berkowitz is the best kind of kids' science writer, able to maintain the tension between the profound and the pedestrian.

... this title has plenty of appeal as a current, widely angled, not-too-earnest introduction to some of modem astronomy's frontiers.

... this title has plenty of appeal as a current, widely angled, not-too-earnest introduction to some of modem astronomy's frontiers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554531981
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jacob Berkowitz is a science writer who lives near Ottawa, Ontario. He has written for The Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and other publications. Jurassic Poop is his first book for children.

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