Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can't pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky winning planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature.
Much of what we know today about Earth is from images taken by cameras on powerful telescopes. Edwin Hubble changed our view of the universe. Working in an observatory, he found that there are other galaxies besides the Milky Way. He also showed that the universe is still growing. Lyman Spitzer, Jr. proposed placing telescopes in space, and in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. It sends us amazing images of the universe.
Our solar system is made up of the millions of objects in the sky above us, including the Sun, moon, stars, and planets. This book examines the four planets closest to the Sun, known as the rocky planets. All four planets are described with facts about their atmospheres, landscapes, orbits, and Fun Facts that give additional information about each of these rocky planets! This book will allow students to use observations of the Sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
The four planets farthest from the Sun are called the gas giants. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are different from the other planets in our solar system. They are not solid, but are made of liquids and clouds of gas with gravity pulling it all together into a planet shape. Learn facts about the climate, gases, size, and other quirky things each of these planets possess. This book isnt filled with hot air! Pull out your telescope and see if you can observe one of these planets. This book will allow students to understand that patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
Five and counting! So far, astronomers have discovered five dwarf planets in our solar system. Pluto, which was once thought of as the ninth planet, is today classified as a dwarf planet. This book looks at the dwarf planets characteristics, size, and orbital patterns, as well as the three rules scientists follow to identify these tiny, round space objects. Every day new discoveries are being made. Who knows how many dwarf planets we will find in the future! This book will allow students to understand that patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.
Our closest solar system is about 10 light years away. It has two main types of planets. Some are rocky and small, like planet Earth, while others are huge balls of gas, like Jupiter. Astronomers once thought our solar system was the one and only. But now we know of hundreds of solar systems. One may even have a planet like Earth! Just maybe, these alien worlds could host life, like our own amazing planet. This book allows students to use observations of the Sun, Moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.
Bang! Scientists think the universe started with the Big Bang, an explosion that created the universe about 13.7 billion years ago. The universe is still expanding. Its spreading out faster as it ages. It is everything thats anywhere! Where do you live in it? And what else is out there? This book is out of this world with facts that represent the large space that is our universe. This book will allow students to understand that patterns in the natural world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.