- 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe Revised Edition
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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.
One of the highlights of this book are the great illustrations. There are beautiful artist depictions of certain planets and moons. For example, there was a vivid lightning storm in the upper section of Jupiter's atmosphere. There are fascinating actual pictures, such as the surface of Venus.
This book has it all. There are wonderful graphs and charts. The scale of the space objects is readily understandable. There are beautiful references to Roman and Greek mythology that was the origin of a lot of the names of planets and moons.
This book would be of value to youngsters who desire to learn basic information about the universe. Some of the editions are a bit dated, but most of the information included still has great validity to the present day. This is a great visual educational tool and the narrative is compelling as well. For a child of the 80's like myself, it was a dream come true to find this treasure of a book and add it to my personal library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Looks good at first overview... will take some time to work my way trough it.Published 27 days ago by M. Smith
I just re-read this the other night as an adult. It's a wonderful and interesting book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A Fantastic book, My parents had purchased me a copy when I was a child and I loved it. After watching the first episode of magic school bus (they explore our solar system) on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lyle Petrick
I loved this book when I was a kid in the early 80's. Although it is now a fair bit out of date in terms of the data, much of the science still stands. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dmz
Upon opening the book half of the pages fell out onto the floor. The binding was in terrible condition (like a dry, crusty texture) and there is just no saving the book at this... Read morePublished 3 months ago by DamnYourEyes
We had this when I was a kid, and I always loved looking through the wonderful illustrations. I had to track it down.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another book I read but never had when I was a kid. I bought this book for it's amazing art. Good job from the seller to ship it on time.Published 4 months ago by Hector
Such a beautiful book. Filled with many wonderful handmade illustrations and (surprisingly) a whole lotta still relevant information, this was a real draw whenever I visited the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by eshumaitreyus