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Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond
     

Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond

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by David A. Aguilar, Dennis A. Tito (Foreword by)
 

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Presenting the latest exciting findings on space exploration and research and cutting-edge, spectacular views of the universe that technology is bringing back to Earth, all in one ultimate reference book. Authored by David A. Aguilar of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia is ideal for the family bookshelf,

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Presenting the latest exciting findings on space exploration and research and cutting-edge, spectacular views of the universe that technology is bringing back to Earth, all in one ultimate reference book. Authored by David A. Aguilar of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia is ideal for the family bookshelf, providing both accessible information for school reports and compelling reading on the mysteries beyond our world.

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"This factual and beautifully designed overview presents new astronomical information that will enlighten and entice readers. Dazzlingly illustrated with full-color NASA satellite photography, as well as original art created, photographed, and computer painted by the author, it’s a page-turner." --School Library Journal, starred review

"The articles are clearly written and informative, but the visuals steal the show...An informative volume at a very reasonable price." --Booklist

"This outstanding volume showcases the brillian color photography and illustration for which National Geographic is best known." --Library Media Connection

Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
Bringing space science to vivid life, David Aguilar takes kids on a sweeping journey through the known universe in Space Encyclopedia. Broken up into five sections, Aguilar moves from the origins of the universe, to the planets and bodies of our Solar System, and then to the impressive phenomena from all corners of the universe. Everything from black holes to dark matter and theories about multiple universes is touched upon. Finally, he moves on to more speculative areas, giving a background on life in the universe and the possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth, and closing with the future engineering of space tourism and expanding exploration. At nearly 200 pages, this is a hefty work, filled with informative text and vivid illustrations that young science lovers will eagerly absorb. The book also contains several timelines, including one that shows the history of the universe as it would look compressed into a single year, and one with highlights of human advancements in astronomy. In addition, the work includes an index, glossary, and additional reading resources and websites. Highly readable, either as a reference work or for reading cover-to-cover, Science Encyclopedia is recommended for any science classroom or children's library. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau
School Library Journal
★ 11/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—This factual and beautifully designed overview presents new astronomical information that will enlighten and entice readers. Dazzlingly illustrated with full-color NASA satellite photography, as well as original art created, photographed, and computer painted by the author, it's a page-turner. The use of analogies helps bring complicated information down to earth, e.g., a galaxy moves in the accelerating universe the way the person on a moving walkway moves, not of his own accord, but because the walkway moves. User-friendly tools such as a glossary and index help guide researchers to information and illustrations. The glossary defines terms such as "dark matter" (the unknown substance making up 23 percent of the universe, detectable only by the gravity it exerts). The index leads users to a fuller description of dark matter and expands the information to include dark energy, "a mysterious thing," the existence of which was not even known until the late 1990s. The picture-book or coffee-table-book format (depending upon your point of view) makes this an attractive browsing item, but the accurate, factual information makes it an essential addition.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426309489
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
95,791
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID A. AGUILAR is the director of public affairs at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He's an astronomy expert and a talented artist who specializes in bringing the latest discoveries in space to the forefront of the imagination in a visually compelling and scientifically accurate way.

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