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From Babylonian cosmology to today's high-tech data gathering, Planets will provide countless hours of ...
From Babylonian cosmology to today's high-tech data gathering, Planets will provide countless hours of enjoyment for anyone wanting to understand the Earth's celestial neighbors. Special full-color features compare the planets and explore such subjects as life on other planets, meteorites, and the recent Shoemaker-Levy comet. 350 illustrations, many in color.
Posted April 28, 2008
Planets: A Smithsonian Guide by Thomas R. Watters provides amazing information about our solar system from Earth, to the moon, to the farthest planet. This book gives details on the important facts that everyone should know about, such as how the Earth was formed, the planets, many constellations, and all the planetary missions that have been carried out. Planets would be an excellent book to have as a guide or if you have to do reasearch on planets. One topic in this book that I found especially interesting was that the most widely accepted theory on how the Earth was made was called the Big Bang Theory. This theory proposes that all the matter in the universe came from a specific event about 10 billion years ago. When this event was supposed to have happened, it spread the first matters, hydrogen and helium, throughout the universe. Several helpful tools are included in this guide. There are diagrams and charts that give you a better understanding of the subjects covered in this book. For example, there are diagrams that break down each layer of the planets, and tell you which elements are in which layer. You will also find a glossary that will help you if there is a word or phrase that you may need a better understanding of. Another aspect that I found particularly intriguing were the satellite photos of the planets, which show the similarities and differences of the surfaces of the planets. Although this book would most likely answer any question about our solar system, it is a little confusing. It contains a lot of information that may be too overwhelming. For one to completely understand this book they would have to have a good understanding of science and have an interest in astronomy. Overall, though, I would recommend this guide to anyone who likes astronomy or simply anyone who would like to have a better understanding of our solar system.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.