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Title:
The solar system : an A-Z guide
Author:
Wilsdon, Christina.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, 2000.
Physical Description:
96 pages ; 29 cm
Summary:
A dictionary of terms, concepts, people, and places related to the solar system, astronomy, and the exploration of space.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531117101
Format :
Book

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In 100 entries, from Apollo to Zodiacal Dust, this book lets you survey the solar system. The tour ranges from ice-cold and far-off Pluto to the red-hot core of our own Earth. Biographical entries include the ancient astronomer Ptolemy, who thought the Sun moved around the Earth, to Eileen Collins, who became the first woman commander of the Space Shuttle in July 1999. Over 120 photographs and illustrations were selected for their beauty and up-to-the-minute informative value. Book jacket.


Author Notes

Christina Wilsdon is a freelance writer of science and nature books for young people


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-With its colorful photos and illustrations and simple descriptions, this visually appealing dictionary should attract armchair astronomers. In addition to the planets and their satellites, Wilsdon has included various space probes and missions, both manned and unmanned, 18 individuals from Ptolemy to Carl Sagan, and assorted other astronomical and planetary phenomena such as erosion, greenhouse effect, and solar wind. "Fast Fact" sidebars provide standard statistics for each planet. Information is clearly presented; the brief entries will provide enough information to whet readers' appetites, although report writers will need to research further. Occasional glitches sneak into some of the illustrations and captions: a picture of the atmosphere shows a "passenger balloon" floating blithely through the stratosphere, where passengers would quickly freeze to death; a caption refers to a space craft using its engine as a "break." These are minor lapses however, and overall the book is a competent survey of our solar system and its components. There are cross-references to related articles and a good list for further reading and Web sites is also included. Any good current science encyclopedia will provide the same information, but this serviceable survey will be of interest to beginners.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Franklin Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Entries A to Zp. 4
Glossaryp. 92
Bibliographyp. 93
Indexp. 94
Picture Creditsp. 96