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National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe [Hardcover]

by Roy A. Gallant, Margaret Sedeen, Michael Collins
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1994 079222731X 978-0792227311 Revised
A lavishly illustrated guide to the universe combines the efforts of an award-winning author and NASA experts, offering a timeline of important space events, an easy-to-use glossary, and a planetarium, observatory, and museums listing. 10,000 first printing.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; Revised edition (1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079222731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792227311
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST! June 3, 2001
A Kid's Review
National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe is THE best solar system book. I never really thought anything of the Universe, and the planets, until I found this book! It is amazing! It answers questions my science teacher couldn't answer. It gives detailed, understandable information, with beautiful pictures! After reading this, I can name some of the planet's moons, and how many a planet has! I feel like I know tons more than I ever did about the solar system, and Our Universe!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a child's imagination February 28, 2008
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When I was a child, I would borrow this book from the library as often as I could. It really sparked my interest in the solar system and space in general. Even though the information in the book is considered out-of-date, I believe it is still relevant today. It can stir anyone's interest in astronomy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jarringly beautiful September 12, 2004
Besides my own copy, I have never seen another one of these books. It's a shame really, because this book combines information and illustration in the way only National Geographic can. The nine planets of our solar system make up the majority of text material here, which goes a long way in preserving the shelf life of this book.

Our Universe begins with a brief history of astronomy entitled from 'Sun Gods to Gamma Rays' and is written in a manner accessible for all ages. Gallant then proceeds to examine our solar system piece by piece, beginning with the sun and then the orbiting planets. Each planet is given its own chapter, complete with graphs of orbital patterns, atmospheric qualities and actual photographs if available. Stunning artwork is peppered throughout, and in my opinion makes this book a treasure.

Finally, Our Universe includes chapters on comets, asteroids and meteors, and the various galaxies outside our own Milky Way. It's a book that everyone can enjoy. Adults might learn something new, and the artwork will garner interest in kids to learn more about our universe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Universe: One amazing book. June 15, 2000
This book has fascinated me since I was in the third grade. All of the colorful illustrations and easy to read facts taught me a great deal about the Universe that I am a part of. I must have checked this book out at least twenty times between the third and fifth grade. This book is a must for children or adults who want to learn more about astronomy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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My father used to read sections of this book to my brother and I every night before bed when we were small. Through the wonderful text and outstanding pictures, a love affair w/ astronomy and the search for truth in this reality was set into motion. No other book is as emotive or manages to capture the imagination as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT February 4, 2010
I got this book when I was 4, and I still adore it. I read it so many times it literally fell apart. It's out of date, but still wonderful! One of my favorite things about this book is the speculation on what alien species might look like, and how they would live on the planets and moons in our solar system.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Childhood Memories February 7, 2005
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This book was my favorite growing up. I would take it everywhere: to grandma's house; on doctor's visits. I had at the age of three! I still have parts of it. (I had to tear it apart when my cousins needed me to fax pages from it for their homework projects.)This book gives you a look at how we as Americans have advance upto the 1980's. The pictures are amazing and there is mythological information for each plantet and the sun (Apollo). It even gives scientic information like physics and math. There's a section on men and women scientist who's contributions make our world a better place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute January 12, 2001
During library hours, every week as a child, I rushed to this read Our Universe. With it's easy to understand content, and fascinating ideas is the foundation to my most prized possession. Imagination. Give this gift to every child of 8, and watch her or his mind grow even beyond the scope of television.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories of This book
I remember pouring over this book when I was in elementary school over and over again. This book is what sparked a life long love and fascination of the stars and cosmos itself. Read more
Published 16 days ago by MicahO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this book for my 9 year old Grand Daughter who has a fascination with our Universe. She loves the illustrations and has learned a lot from this book. Highly recommended
Published 3 months ago by sculpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite book as a kid, 30-some years later still a great book.
This was my FAVORITE book as a kid and now my own kids love it. It is a bit dated but the images and text capture the imagination. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dave Platten
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
Ad a child this was one of my favorite books. Item arrived quickly and for its age is in good shape. Some minor wear along binding but pages in great shape.
Published 6 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
I loved it. My dad had this book when I was younger and 2000 yrs later it is still awesome to look at, even if they got it wrong so long back then.
Published 8 months ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly communicated and brilliantly illustrated
I found this book recently at a flea market and quickly bought it. I remember reading this with intense interest as a youngster at my local library. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Battleship
5.0 out of 5 stars Grandson loves it
Great set of programs that reach a wide audience.
Appeals to the inquisitive mind in us all.
Arrived very quick
Published 14 months ago by A. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book "Our Universe" is so good and cool. When I was a teenage, I read it alone at middle school. So, I give 5 thumb up!
Published 17 months ago by polaroid seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I had this book when I was a kid. It was amazing. Full of details brilliant enough to fire youthful imaginations, presented in a simple and easily accessible fashion, and filled... Read more
Published 20 months ago by debeehr
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal book
I had this book as a child (10). Through the years I lost it and found myself looking for it as an adult (35). I could never find it till about a week ago. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Alexis
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