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DK space encyclopedia
Couper, Heather.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Pub., 1999.
Physical Description:
304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
A comprehensive guide to astronomy and space travel, arranged by such topics as "Observing the Universe, " "Exploring Space, " "Planets & Moons, " "Stars & Beyond, " and "Practical Stargazing."
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
Central Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Boston Free Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clarence Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library QB14 .C68 1999 Book and Software Set Open Shelf
East Aurora Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Eggertsville-Snyder Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
Grand Island Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Anna M. Reinstein Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Riverside Branch Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library QB14 .C68 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In the tradition of DK's acclaimed Children's Encyclopedia series, the DK Space Encyclopedia is a comprehensive school, library, and home reference to the fascinating world of space, from strange phenomena like black holes to the latest stunning images from the Hubble Telescope. Covering cosmology, astrophysics, astronomy, and space exploration, the book's clear, informative text and thousands of photos, graphics, cross sections, maps, and charts give children age 8 and up an absorbing, unparalleled view of our universe.

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Booklist Review

Like most DK titles, this is a fact-filled visual experience, with every page colorfully and carefully illustrated and clearly annotated. Content is organized thematically in chapters--"Observing the Universe," "Exploring Space," "Planets and Moons," "Stars," "Galaxies and Beyond," and "Practical Stargazing" --that introduce astronomical concepts, discoveries, and equipment. Each chapter is divided into smaller sections that consist of several two-page spreads. Sections in "The Stars," for example, include "The Sun," "Life of the Stars," and "Star Death"; among the six spreads in "Star Death" are "Supernovas" and "Black Holes." In addition to captions, most of the text consists of sidebars that provide statistics, historical background, and other information. The concluding section of the volume contains a time line, glossary, brief biographies, and astronomical names. A thorough index and "Find Out More" references link concepts throughout the book. Both adults and children will appreciate the nice overview. Of course, this is an introduction and not a research volume. Users will find a brief paragraph defining the Chandrasekhar limit (related to the gravitational collapse of stars), for example, but not a description of the research that leads to the discovery. Authors Couper and Henbest have collaborated on other well-reviewed titles on the solar system, including How the Universe Works (Reader's Digest, 1994); The New Astronomy (Cambridge, 1996); and The Space Atlas (Harcourt Brace, 1992); and this volume deserves recognition, too. It is a perfect choice for a home bookshelf, where family members will pick it up again and again for browsing. Most school and public libraries will want to have at least one copy. Eyewitness Encyclopedia of Space and the Universe, the CD-ROM that is included with the book, is fine for a glance, with an easy-to-use star finder. Text, sound, and 3-D effects help demonstrate concepts. The CD-ROM isn't aligned with the book in a way that makes it a real companion piece of software. Still, it's free and fun to look at and listen to.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-This ambitious resource offers thorough and up-to-date coverage of space sciences. The first two sections examine the technology used to study the universe. The focus then moves to our solar system, then to the stars, and finally to galaxies. A final section covers "Practical Stargazing" and includes basic star maps. Within the subject divisions, topics are explored on two-page spreads. Each one opens with a large print, often conversational overview. Blocks of smaller print text offer specific information and accompany the many full-color photographs, diagrams, and illustrations. Short time lines add historical perspective. Like the numerous charts and tables, they are neatly shaded to make them easily identifiable. The illustrative material provides visual context for some of the more difficult concepts. However, it is not always clear which caption goes with which illustration and in some cases the logical order of reading the information is not apparent. Despite minor flaws, this useful book is sure to be appreciated by students and astronomy enthusiasts. The caption-based text makes it less cohesive than Roy Gallant's engaging National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe (National Geographic, 1995), but the need for currency in the field is crucial. Jacqueline and Simon Mitton's Scholastic Encyclopedia of Space (Scholastic, 1999) is a fine choice for slightly younger readers, but DK Space Encyclopedia is more comprehensive. The appealing layout and wealth of up-to-date visual and textual information make it an excellent addition for most reference collections.-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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