Discusses the surface features, atmosphere, orbit, moons, rings, and exploration of the planet Uranus.
Children's LiteratureThe third largest planet in the solar system, Uranus is a rather enigmatic world. Originally discovered in 1781 by an English astronomer, William Herschel, Uranus's initial name was "King George's Star." However, astronomical convention holds that all planets, save Earth, must be named after either Greek or Roman gods. Therefore, Uranus donned a classical name but remained an enigmatic resident of the solar system. In many ways, Uranus is one of the least studied of the planets. It was not until 1977 that scientists realized that Uranus had rings similar to Saturn's. Since the rings are of a dark color their presence was not noted until Uranus' orbit took it past a distant star. The number of moons credited to Uranus has also shifted over the years. At present there are eighteen moons but that number is considered a low estimate. All in all, there is a great deal left to learn about Uranus. Author Gregory Vogt attempts to present Uranus to younger readers. He touches upon a host of facts as well as offering up some striking pictures of Uranus and its moons. This volume of "The Galaxy" series offers a solid introduction to Uranus, a relatively mysterious world. 2000, Bridgestone Books, Romaneck
School Library JournalGr 3-4-Brief but meaty introductions to the outer planets, combining seldom-seen color photos with single-page "chapters" of text. Though sometimes oversimplified, the information is a lively mix of basic facts, nonstandard background material, and recent discoveries about each planet's rings, atmosphere, physical features, and selected moons. Special terms are defined in appended glossaries, and generally in context, too; sizes, revolution and rotation periods, and distances are given both in the narrative and in accompanying charts. Each volume closes with an easily reproduced science demonstration, plus two-to-four-item lists of books, addresses, and Web sites. Though the photos have a cramped, over-enlarged look-probably due to the books' small trim size-such shots as a radiophotograph of Jupiter showing its massive magnetic fields and Hubble Space Telescope views of Pluto before and after computer enhancement will grab the attention of young space enthusiasts. Consider these above-average titles as alternatives-or better yet, companions-to equivalent volumes of "True Book" series updates (Children's).-John Peters, New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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