Venus: A Shrouded Mystery

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An up-to-the-minute examination of the celestial body that is the brightest of all the stars and planets. Topics include a comparison of Venus to Earth, Venus's blistering heat and intense atmospheric pressure, its slow backward rotation, Mariner 2's and Magellan's observations of Venus, and the planet's volcanic activity.

Describes some of the various features of the planet Venus and how we have learned what we know.

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Overview

An up-to-the-minute examination of the celestial body that is the brightest of all the stars and planets. Topics include a comparison of Venus to Earth, Venus's blistering heat and intense atmospheric pressure, its slow backward rotation, Mariner 2's and Magellan's observations of Venus, and the planet's volcanic activity.

Describes some of the various features of the planet Venus and how we have learned what we know.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Generally, the books from "Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe" series are soundly written with plenty of clear scientific explanations and interesting facts, but they are not terribly exciting. Each book reads like the next, as they all progress through the history of scientific discoveries leading to what we know about the particularly celestial body today. But this volume escapes the rigid formatting and repetitive writing of the series and shines in its impressive content. The book begins with a time-lapse photo sequence of the moon and Venus moving across the Oklahoma sky. It also includes a marvelous photograph of the planet's clouds along its north pole. This is certainly one of the better volumes from the series, probably because scientists know more about Venus than they know about more distant planets. This is certainly one of the better volumes from the series. It is a wonderful addition to a classroom or school library. 2004 (orig. 1988), Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
—Veronica Betancourt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836838640
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genre’s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

Table of Contents

Venus--Only One Planet 4
Phases of Venus 6
So Close, Yet So Far 8
Earth's Twin? 10
Radio Waves From Venus 12
Hot and Heavy 14
Earth and Venus: No Relation 16
Answers in the Echoes 18
Mapping Venus 20
Venus Revealed 22
Craters and Coronae 24
The Greenhouse Effect 26
Fact File: Uncovering Venus's Shroud 28
More Books about Venus 30
CD-ROMs 30
Web Sites 30
Places to Visit 30
Glossary 31
Index 32
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