Space Encyclopedia, 2nd Ed Written and illustrated by internationally recognized astronomer and former Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics David A. Aguilar, this is THE authoritative book about our universe, jam packed with everything kids want to know about space — from black holes to moon colonies, to recent discoveries and amazing brand-new NASA space photography. Visually spectacular, it contains the latest on space exploration and research and breathtaking views of the universe, as captured by the latest and greatest technology, including the recent first ever image of a black hole.
This complete reference contains everything about space that fascinates kids — our sun and planets including the new dwarf planets, the formation of the universe, space travel, the possibility of life beyond Earth, and more.
MY TAKE: Space inspired kids from 8 years on up can get set to be enthralled by this colorful and stunning look at our solar system. The organization is excellent beginning with the content page that introduces you to what’s in store in 5 color-coded sections:
WHAT WE KNOW
TOUR OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
TO THE STARS AND BEYOND
ARE WE ALONE
DREAMS OF TOMORROW
If you need to find specific information look no further than the six index pages. You’ll see not only the familiar but also secrets beyond our solar system. The encyclopedia measure 9.5 by 12 inches and weighs in at just under 3 pounds. Spread this one out a desk or table and let the photographs and original art work mesmerize you.
The information is detailed and easy to understand. There are also extra features scattered among pages. My favorites included the panels entitled SUPER STARS where people important in the field of astronomy are presented. Another is a timeline of the age of the universe. Very eye opening how humans take up a very small slice.
SPACE ENCYCLOPEDIA is a must have for any student’s library, especially those who have a passion for learning more about our universe.
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