Here is an astronomical overview that takes young readers on a thrilling guided tour of our universe. This informative book features Earth, its artificial satellites, the moon, the planets, stars, asteroids, and comets. With double-page spreads of maps, photographs, easy-to-read charts, and diagrams, The Space Atlas offers an exciting way to learn about the cosmos.
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Heather Couper is an astrophysicist. She ran the Greenwich Planetarium, and was president of the British Astronomical Association and a professor of astronomy, and produced the TV programs Universe and Electric Skies.
Nigel Henbest is a consultant to both the Royal Greenwich Observatory and New Scientist magazine.
Grade 5-8-- An oversized dash through the solar system, past the history of space exploration, and out to the stars, with hundreds of full-color paintings, photos, charts, captions longer than the main text shoehorned into every available space, fact boxes (measurements in metric units only), and simple activities for young scientists. Couper and Henbest incorporate recent observations from Magellan and other space probes in clear, expert topical discussions of the history and composition of many celestial bodies, as well as galactic and supergalactic structures; readers will feel barraged but not overwhelmed by the level of detail. Many of the illustrations are maps or diagrams, and some ingenious devices are used effectively to show scale and position. Less a heavy reference book than a browsing item or an additional source of information for report writers, this makes a good update for surveys like Moche's Astronomy Today (Random, 1982). --John Peters, New York Public Library
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