Superstar: The Supernova of 1987

Superstar: The Supernova of 1987

by Franklyn Mansfield Branley, True Kelley

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
In nontechnical language, Branley explains the importance of supernovas as the source of elements that make life possible on Earth and the importance of Supernova 1987A as the first one nearby since the invention of the telescope. (Nearby in this context means 170,000 light years away.) Scattered through his account are black-and-white and color photographs and childlike diagrams that help readers visualize the processes without making any pretense of showing correct proportions. Branley does a good job of condensing information without confusing, failing only when he mentions that Earth is constantly being bombarded by cosmic rays without giving some idea of when particles from Supernova 1987A might get here. Christopher Lampton ignores this issue completely, but expands on almost everything else in his Supernova! (Watts, 1988), achieving a livelier but more difficult text. --Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, NY

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
A Voyage into Space Bk.
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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