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

ISBN-10: 1579128858

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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. 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128858
  • ASIN: B0064XUSLS
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book with vivid pictures and descriptions.
postitgrl
This book was probably the most interesting astronomy book I've seen in many years.
Young Mensan BookParade
The author inserts interesting topics throughout the book.
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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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 3, 2012
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on May 25, 2012
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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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Grant on January 6, 2013
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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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chile Problema on April 9, 2013
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I found myself resisting picking up this book and continuing to read it, even though the information and photos were all fascinating. I finally realized that the small white print on the black pages made it too difficult for me to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Highlandbird on February 14, 2014
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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.
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