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Bonar, Samantha.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1999]

Physical Description:
63 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Describes the location and content of the asteroid belt, the formation and composition of asteroids, and the history of collisions between asteroids and the earth.
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.0 1.0 46775.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9 3 Quiz: 19975 Guided reading level: T.

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QB651 .B56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB651 .B56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB651 .B56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QB651 .B56 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Space exploration is no longer new, but new discoveries are being made every day. This series explores those discoveries, revealing the latest scientific observations about our solar system, exploding myths using newfound data, chronicling the journeys of space pioneers, and detailing the methods scientists and astronomers use to map planets where no human has been before. As our knowledge of the universe expands with astronomical speed, Space provides a timely introduction to a popular intermediate-grade subject.

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Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-As scientists have recently discovered, it is not always necessary to send probes out into space to learn more about the solar system. Sometimes parts of the solar system come to us, with effects that range from pretty streaks in the night sky to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Though most meteorites have a cometary origin, in Asteroids, Bonar discusses the rocky debris that has taken up closer residence-not just between Mars and Jupiter but all over the inner system-debris that intersects Earth's orbit often enough to engender an international search and mapping effort (not to mention several disaster movies). Landau updates Saturn (Watts, 1991) with a report on observations gathered with the Hubble Space Telescope, plus a chapter on the construction and mission of the Cassini/Huygens probe, currently en route. Both surveys are profusely illustrated with color photos, attended by captions specifying computer manipulations and enhancements, and end with lists of books and Web sites. Bonar's book is flawed by oversimplifications ("Only 60 people have been struck by a meteorite in the last 3000 years." "The risk of dying from an asteroid impact is about the same as the risk of dying from a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or flood") and so makes a weak alternative to Seymour Simon's Comets, Meteors and Asteroids (Morrow, 1998); Landau's title is a surer bet, taking Larry Brimner's Saturn (Children's, 1999) to a higher level of detail.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.