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Faraway Worlds: Planets Beyond Our Solar System Paperback – July 1, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6–This introduction to one of astronomy's most active and exciting pursuits combines a simplified account of the clever techniques scientists use to infer the existence of planets orbiting other stars with a gallery of dramatic, if speculative, painted views of what those planets and their suns might look like. Halpern describes the size, orbit, and atmosphere of several recent discoveries, and closes with a reference to the Kepler spacecraft that, when it's launched a few years from now, will really jump-start the search for extrasolar planets. Considering how little is known about these planets, Cook's full-bleed, color art adds more visual interest than hard information, and the distinction between fact and fiction is drawn with reasonable clarity. Halpern and Cook use different but equally effective approaches to kindle that sense of wonder in readers not yet ready for more extensive treatments of the topic, such as Ron Miller's Extrasolar Planets (21st Century Bks., 2002).–John Peters, New York Public Library
From the Author
In the past decade, astronomers have discovered more than a hundred new planets beyond the solar system. This accessible book for children introduces them to some of the strange new worlds detected, and helps them understand the ways scientists have found these planets. Spectacular imagery rendered by renowned artist Lynette Cook well complements the vivid astronomical descriptions. Astronomy for kids has never been more fun!