Discusses the rotation, interior, surface features, atmosphere, and exploration of the Sun, including solar flares and the Sun's place in the solar system.

Presents information on the composition, atmosphere, and origin of the sun.

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Discusses the rotation, interior, surface features, atmosphere, and exploration of the Sun, including solar flares and the Sun's place in the solar system.

Presents information on the composition, atmosphere, and origin of the sun.

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Children's Literature
The sun is a medium sized star that provides the light and heat energy necessary for life to exist on earth. Our solar system is centered on the sun as each planet orbits that star. The sun is a massive power plant that uses fusion to create immense amounts of energy. The core temperature of the sun exceeds sixteen million degrees Fahrenheit a level that is essentially unimaginable. The surface of the sun is far from placid. Enormous solar flares erupt from it and reach out for more than one hundred thousand miles. Solar disturbances impact upon the earth's atmosphere and help create the Northern and Southern Lights. The power of sunlight is so great that astronomers, attempting to view its surface, must use specially configured in order to protect the scientist's eyes. The sun, its structure, and how that star influences our lives are all covered in this small-scale but valuable book. Author Gregory L. Vogt offers younger readers a fine introduction to our sun and the many ways in which scientists attempt to study it. 2000, Bridgestone Books, Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5Supported by plenty of spectacular, full-color photographs, many from a joint Japanese-U.S. orbiting telescope, this account of the sun's turbulent structure and behavior should spark a fascination with matters astronomical in even the most earthbound readers. Despite an occasional inanity"If the Sun didn't exist, we wouldn't either"Vogt picks out intriguing details and demonstrates physical principles with practiced ease. He touches on unexplained phenomena, such as why the outer layer of the solar atmosphere is hotter than the inner, and speculates on the past and future of the sun and solar system. The information seems up to date and reliable, though the author does not get into types of stars and scants the history of solar research. Books of wider scope, such as the author's own Solar System (Holt, 1995), are more economical choices for smaller collections. However, largely thanks to the illustrations, The Sun outshines many of the older surveys, such as Isaac Asimov's The Sun (Gareth Stevens, 1994) or Michael George's The Sun (Child's World, 1992).John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736888929
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: The Galaxy Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,181,400
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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