Buy New
$22.23
Qty:1
  • List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $7.72 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Solar System: A Visual Ex... has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $3.23
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun Hardcover – October 26, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1579128852 ISBN-10: 1579128858

Buy New
Price: $22.23
32 New from $17.02 27 Used from $11.14
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$22.23
$17.02 $11.14
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Get Up to 80% Back When You Sell Us Your Books
$22.23 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun + Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything + The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
Price for all three: $56.20

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128852
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Marcus Chown is an award-winning writer and broadcaster.  Formerly a radio astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, he is now cosmology consultant for New Scientist magazine.  He lives in London, England. 

Customer Reviews

Recommend to anyone who loves astronomy.
pokemonlover2342
This perfect coffee table book is adorned with hundreds of striking high quality images and graphics and complimented with fascinating facts.
Book Shark
I thought this would be a great book for her to look at & it sure was.
jennifer weaver

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In the tradition of The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe comes a new book from the same publisher, this time covering details of the entire solar system. While my bookshelf has many books on astronomy, this is by far the most beautiful (and updated) book I have purchased or seen to date. To start, it indeed follows the new scientific line that there are 8 major planets and 5 dwarf planets, but it goes so much further.

Great photos include a full page photo of the first directly detected alien planet, and a special page for each of the major features in our solar system. Just like in The Elements, each page includes hard data. In the case of the Solar System, you can read the length of day, axial tilt, diameter, mass, volume, gravity, escape velocity, surface temperature, atmospheric composition and mean density. The side of each page indicates temperature and density on a relative scale. For easy comparison, you can flip back and forth between various celestial bodies.

The book begins with some of the most stunning photos of the sun that NASA has created to date thanks to the new SDO. The book describes new details on the physics of the sun that may be unfamiliar even to seasoned astronomers. There is even fascinating history, such as the magnetometer images of the solar flare in 1859 and how nobody believed the scientist who discovered it. The book tells the story of the sun's composition and how people thought the sun was made of iron until quantum theory.
Read more ›
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun by Marcus Chown

"Solar System" is the visually stunning book about our solar system. This perfect coffee table book is adorned with hundreds of striking high quality images and graphics and complimented with fascinating facts. Award-winning author and former astronomer Marcus Chown provides the words behind the pictures and educates the public on the awe-inspiring wonders of our Solar System. This elegant 224- page book covers the planets, moons, asteroids, dwarf planets and other components of our Solar System.

Positives:
1. An absolute visual treat. High quality photos on high-quality binding does this dazzling book justice.
2. An accessible book for the masses. A great book for all ages.
3. A great format for a book of this kind. The author provides a topical narrative and a fact sheet on the right hand of the page. The fact sheet is basically a "vital statistics" of each astronomical body. Providing information such as: size, mass, surface temperature, mean density, maps, etc...Great stuff!
4. The book was published in late 2011 so it's current.
5. Not only is the book visually stimulating it is quite enlightening too. The author inserts interesting topics throughout the book. Einstein vs. Newton as an example.
6. Interesting tidbits throughout, like how to spot of a planet.
7. Every planet is obviously covered but each planets most significant moons too and some are quite fascinating.
8. This is the kind of book that can satisfy the curiosity of a child. As a child, I loved reading my Encyclopedia this may have the same effect on your children.
9. Great topics, is there life on Mars?
10. The Asteroid Belt.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book was probably the most interesting astronomy book I've seen in many years. It had lots of cool pictures, pictures that you wouldn't normally see on internet or even on TV channels such as Discovery or History. Also, amount of interesting facts surprised me. As a astronomy geek, I am positive that I know about the solar system more than most of collage students, but I learned a lot more about the solar system by reading this book. It contains mostly basic facts, how things work and why they work. It doesn't go too deep such as recent theories or any of mathematical calculations. Any age level above 10 would love this book. If you are a teenager who just now become interested in wonders of universe, or if you want to be an amateur astronomer, I highly recommend this book as a starting book.

Review by Young Mensan Taehoon, age 16
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Grant on January 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 7 year old son as he has been showing interest in space and the solar system. I am so impressed by this book that he has hardly had a chance to get his hands on it himself. It is very well set out and uses great photographs and the text is simple enough to keep my 7 year old interested.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Highlandbird on February 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
gorgeous photography. Got this for my budding astronomer. Her only complaint is that it just covered our immediate neighborhood! i.e. our solar system. We subsequently got the illustrated Atlas of the UNIVERSE at a second had bookstore.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudia Etheridge on April 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Solar System" exhaustively describes the components of our solar system, starting with a general overview of its explosive origins, then moving on to the description of the sun and of the other celestial bodies. Included are the planets, beginning with Mercury - the closest body to the sun - on to Venus, the Earth, Mars, etc. and their satellites, (for those who do have satellites). Also covered are the components of the Asteroid Belt, the components of the Kuiper Belt, Pluto, the dwarf planets, the Oort cloud and the comets.
The illustrations include images of the planets and their orbits, planet and moon globes, cross sections showing the interior structure of the sun, of each planet and some satellites, planet and moon maps, scale maps (size of each celestial body as compared to a familiar object, ranging in size from the earth down a human being), as well as separate photographs of the same planets, the satellites, etc. They are by far the best part of the book for several reasons: (1) Many of them are original photographs collected by space probes over the past thirty years. These are actually of such high quality that they could very well be the next best thing to the direct observation. (2) They are abundant and wide-ranging, sufficiently so that they could almost describe the subject without the help of the accompanying text. (3) They are attractive. In addition to being in color with well-defined details, the various celestial bodies are presented against a black background, which contributes to the sensation that we are observing objects originating from outer space. (4) They extend in scale from whole disc images taken by ground based or space telescopes, to microscopic views of rock structures.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun
This item: Solar System: A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun
Price: $29.95 $22.23
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com