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Extrasolar planets
Miller, Ron, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-first Century Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm.
Chronicles the discoveries of all the planets within our solar system, as well as planets beyond our system.
General Note:
Includes index.
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QB820 .M55 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
QB820 .M55 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Earth share the universe with many other fascinating worlds-worlds with a million moons, worlds turning wrong side out, worlds hot enough to melt metal, and worlds so cold that their atmospheres lie frozen on the ground. There are worlds with no solid surfaces, worlds with flammable seas, and worlds with more than one sun...even worlds with no sun at all.

Author Notes

Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. He has written short stories, nonfiction works, novels, and created a comic book. His illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. An acclaimed science and sf writer makes the complicated idea of the solar system approachable enough for even the most reluctant science student in this volume in the Worlds Beyond series. He includes brief, interesting biographies on the scientists involved as he traces the path of discovery from the ancient times to modern exploration. The scientific descriptions and theories are sometimes complex, though the writing is simple and straightforward. The format is open, with lots of white space peppered with NASA photographs and Miller's own stunning illustrations to complement the text. With an extensive glossary and a bibliography of both print and online sites to round things out, this is highly recommended for introducing the topic of astronomy to students in the upper-middle grades and for expanding on older students' basic knowledge. --Mary Frances Wilkens

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-These magnificent, dramatic, colorful illustrations of distant worlds will draw space buffs back again and again for another look, but Miller's landscapes are only part of this handsome volume. In addition, historical portraits of astronomy greats illustrate an overview of the discovery and naming of our solar system's planets. Simple, clear diagrams in color accompany revelations of planet-formation theories, basic concepts in astronomy, and descriptions of some of the 100 or so planets known to exist elsewhere in the universe. While many of the facts are available in a few other accessible books, the expansive layout and supplemental information make them seem more exciting. Ken Croswell's Planet Quest (Harvest, 1998) includes more details in the process of discovery and makes extensive use of scientists' own words, but provides only line-drawing charts and diagrams. John S. Lewis's Worlds Without End (Perseus, 1998) is a heftier volume not likely to draw in the casually curious. Boldface astronomical terms defined in Miller's text are also clearly defined, without redundancy, in the glossary. The generous listing of pertinent Web sites is as valuable as the selective bibliography and brief listing of scientific organizations. This is truly a complex subject made accessible.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.