Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun

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Based on the latest ebook sensation developed by Theodore Gray and his company Touch Press, this beautiful print book presents a new and fascinating way to experience the wonders of the solar system

Following the stunning success of both the print edition and the app of The Elements, Black Dog & Leventhal and Touch Press have teamed up again. Solar System is something completely new under the sun. Never before have the wonders of our solar system—all its planets, dwarf ...

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Overview

Based on the latest ebook sensation developed by Theodore Gray and his company Touch Press, this beautiful print book presents a new and fascinating way to experience the wonders of the solar system

Following the stunning success of both the print edition and the app of The Elements, Black Dog & Leventhal and Touch Press have teamed up again. Solar System is something completely new under the sun. Never before have the wonders of our solar system—all its planets, dwarf planets, the sun, moons, rocky Asteroid Belt, and icy Kuiper Belt—been so immediately accessible to readers of all ages.

Beginning with a fascinating overview and then organized by planet, in order of its distance from the sun, Solar System takes us on a trip across time and space that includes a front-row seat to the explosive birth of the solar system, a journey to (and then deep inside) each of its eight planets, and even an in-depth exploration of asteroids and comets.

With hundreds of gorgeous images produced especially for this project and through a collaboration between NASA and the graphics experts at Planetary Visions Ltd. and Joe Zeff Design, Solar System gives us page after page of unique, detailed, and never-before-seen views, both photographic and computer-generated. Take a dive down into the canyons of Mars; ride across the rings of Saturn; fly over the volcanoes of Io, Jupiter's so-called Pizza Moon; and sail through the fiery loops of gas that are constantly erupting from our sun.

Every planet and moon is introduced with a big, beautiful, full-page image and a databox that shows the orbit and position of the planet or moon in relation to surrounding bodies, as well as the diameter, mass, volume, surface temperature, atmospheric makeup, and orbital period of the planet; a scale comparison graphic; and a planet cross-section for the eight planets.

Throughout, award-winning author and CalTech radio astronomer Marcus Chown explains everything to us in his easy-to understand, exciting style. The result is a gorgeous and thoroughly entertaining—not to mention educational—book.

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If you think that there is nothing new under the sun, look inside this book. With hundreds of images especially produced for this project, this large format hardcover lays out the whole solar system as you have never seen it before. The sun, planets, moons, dwarf planets, asteroids, comets, the rocky Asteroid Belt, and the icy Kuiper Belt all pop into visibility in spectacular photographs, comparison graphics, and data-boxes. Radio astronomer Marcus Chown presides over this grand assemblage. The night sky will never look the same again.

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
This coffee-table style book is filled with gorgeous pictures, short introductions and many captions. It is a deluxe tour of the solar system starting with the Sun and moving through each of the planets, sub-planets, and asteroids. The writing is quirky and rather funny. It catches you by surprise. For example, Chown describes Venus saying, "Venus is Hell. There are no two ways about it. Beneath impenetrable sulfuric acid clouds lies a surface hot enough to melt lead." But the biggest draw to the book are the huge photos showing parts of the solar system that most of us have never seen. The images were compiled from NASA, the European Space Agency, the Japan Space Exploration Agency and others. The colors and designs of the page will pull readers in, and once there, they might read the short essay describing the Journey to the Center of Jupiter, or they might turn the page to learn about Jupiter's moon, Io. This book will be enjoyed by middle grades and older readers. Backmatter includes an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579128852
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 249,796
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster.  Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, he is now cosmology consultant for New Scientist magazine.  He lives in London, England. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Beautiful book with lots of information on everything in our solar system

    Purchased for my grandchildren for Christmas. They haven't seen it yet but I can't wait to sit down with them and start the journey through our solar system from the sun outward. Comets, meteors, the Oort cloud, dwarf planets, the Kuiper belt......... so much information, so much to learn. The photos are breathtaking and beautiful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    It is so choice!

    As the designer of this book, I can not recommend it highly enough. Solar System was a delight to lay out because of the visual feast and mind-tingling stories. As one of the first books to be "translated" from an iPad app, it has succeeded in proving why print will never go out of style.

    I highly recommend picking one up!

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