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Presenting the latest exciting findings on space exploration and research and cutting-edge, spectacular views of the universe that technology is bringing back to Earth, all in one ultimate reference book. Authored by David A. Aguilar of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia is ideal for the family bookshelf, providing bPresenting the latest exciting findings on space exploration and research and cutting-edge, spectacular views of the universe that technology is bringing back to Earth, all in one ultimate reference book. Authored by David A. Aguilar of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia is ideal for the family bookshelf, providing both accessible information for school reports and compelling reading on the mysteries beyond our world....

Title : Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond
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ISBN : 9781426309489
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond Reviews

  • Dianna
    2019-05-23 02:34

    My eight-year-old son recommended this book to me because he loved it so much. It was a great way to update my knowledge of space. We've come a long way since I was in fifth grade!

  • Jace Caldwell
    2019-04-28 21:31

    Review of Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and BeyondHave you ever wondered what's in the depths of space? How about how the planets were formed? If so this is the book for you. Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond by David A. Aguilar, Christine Pulliam, and Patricia Daniels is an encyclopedia about, you guessed it, space. There really isn't a plot based on the fact it's an encyclopedia but it's a good read if you enjoy space and everything about it and it got me more interested in space travel.At first the book talks about Galileo and his discoveries about the planets. Then it goes into greater detail of all the planets including the dwarf planets in order starting with mercury. The book tells you about all the layers in the planet's atmosphere and what the soil is made out of. It then goes into details about random facts and bits of knowledge. One fact that i remember is ¨jupiter protects earth from comets” (pg 17) Inside there's a timeline which tells you about the greatest feats for mankind and i find it interesting therefore making the book good.With all these facts it's hard to forget all of them. I learned hundreds of facts from this book i remember still today. This book sparked more of an interest in space travel because it showed me how cool it is. Going up into space and visiting the ISS (international space station) and staying there would be a great experience. You would get to float around and meet people from different countries. The worst thing about it would have to be using the restroom. Give the book a read and you'll figure out how they do that without gravity. Anyways, space travel is a big factor and it probably takes up thirty percent of the encyclopedia. To conclude my review, this is a good educational novel and anyone who has an interest in space or wants to learn more i would highly recommend it. This is the book that helped me become more interested in space and I hope it has the same effect to you.

  • Meryem Alami
    2019-05-04 20:37

    Science Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyondis an interesting book written by David.An Aguilar.First, the book talks about how everything; it started with a big bang.The big bang wasn’t like a dynamite explosion, but it like a giant balloon inflating.The it explains what does the universe consist of.73°/° of it is a dark energy, this dark energy holds everything apart.23°/° is dark matter, it helps hold the galaxies in place.Finally, 4°/° of the universe we know. Comets can cause serious damage, but luckily since Jupiter has a big mass it pulls the comets to Jupiter.Scientists and astronomers construct telescopes to tell the space weather.There are different types of space machines, and one of them is GMT (Giant Magellan Telescope).The bigger the telescope is the better it show the galaxies, stars or planets.For the sun, it might give us life but it’s also very dangerous if it got too close to Earth.Sometimes it is beautiful on dark winter nights to look at the waves of Borealis! It also talks about Mars, since Mars’s atmosphere is so thin and the temperature so cold, liquid water cannot exist on the surface. Mars is now a planet that Scientists want to find if it is habitable for human life, to know the answer they use rovers such as the Curiosity Rover that sends photos and information. Ceres was first thought of as a “missing planet”, but now is identified as one of the dwarf planets.Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, no matter what instruments to use to look at Jupiter.We can only see the tops of the clouds.Saturn, no other planet in the solar system has its visual splendor.We all know that four- gas giants have rings, but Saturn’s are the only ones visible by telescope from Earth.Uranus has a 98° tilt to its axis.Its 27 known moons were mostly named after William Shakespeare’s work, such as Oberon and Titania who are named for the king and queen of the fairies.Neptune doesn’t have a surface to walk in, the clouds surrounding it are very cold (-350°F).Neptune was actually detected by mathematical calculation, by Astronomers who realized something very large was affecting the orbit of Uranus.The Kuiper Belt is mostly a ring with asteroids, comets, debris, and icy rocks.Pluto is also one of the dwarf planets, and no matter what telescope was used to look at it, no details could be seen. Haumea is a dwarf planet, it takes 285 Earth years for Haumea to orbit the sun.The planet's name, Haumea, comes from the Hawaiian goddess of fertility and childbirth.The dwarf planet Makemake, the planet has a normal round shape and is covered with ice (Ethane, methane, and nitrogen).It is very cold down there, about -406°F.It was nicknamed Easterbunny because it was discovered after Easter in 2005, but its real name comes from a chief god in the mythology of the Rapanui people.Next is Eris, it was discovered in 2005 and it is the coldest object ever found.It orbits the sun every 560 Earth years and is also classified as a dwarf planets like Pluto, Ceres, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.Nowis the Oort Cloud, not much people exactly what it is but astronomers believe that it’s the base camp for most comets.Talking about comets, they are made out of sand, carbon dioxide, and water ice.Of all the objects in the night sky, comets are the most spectacular.Last but not least, our birthmother, the Earth.Earth formed about 4.6 billion years ago.Suddenly, an object about the size of Mars slammed into Earth, a big chunk was knocked off and had came back together forming the moon, luckily for that to happen because without that event we would be spinning on the axis and our weather would be much severe.Sometimes you could see animals, creatures, and humans when you connect the dots with the stars.Those are named constellations, but they want stays the same because the stars move in space.Everything you see is history, if you put the planets and their founders in a timeline, you might see some connections with wars or events. The Milky Way is actually made up of starts and the dark patches you see are clouds of interstellar dust that block the light from the stars behind it, you could see in the night sky the edge (Like the side of a Frisbee).Our galaxy doesn’t sit there doing nothing, it is forming stars continuously, but it is also getting older and the rate of star birth is slowing down.The book also talks about stars, such as the Cycle of a Star.The heavier a star is, the shortest it’s lifetime is.There are a lot of types of stars, astronomers classify them by their size,temperature,color, and luminosity.They name the stars with letter, but no alphabetical order for some historical reasons.So they are O,B,A,F,G,K, and M.When a star dies, it runs out of hydrogen in its core.Then it begins putting hydrogen in a shell-like layer that surrounds the core.When a massive star explodes as a supernova, it scatter its self across space.The supernova also creates a shock wave, that blast wave heats the gas ejected.The most powerful supernova do more than announce the death of a star,they create huge blasts of high-energy radiation named gamma rays.Gamma- ray bursts are the brightest explosions in the universe!!They would destroy any life that existed on nearby planets.Next are Black Holes, they are like bottomless pits swallowing whatever gets near them and they come in different sizes.Sometimes stars fail to form, anything less massive than 75 times the mass of Jupiter is a failed star.Planets are with with the stars.First, the gas and dust with the born star are flattened into a disk.Then, the center of the disk becomes the star and the rest of the disk may form planets.Astronomers have found a planet in our neighborhood.It circles Alpha Centauri, in the star system closest to Earth. Since it is coming to an end, I would like to recommend this to all space lovers and to kids because it is an encyclopedia that answers a lot of questions and is easy for kids.The part I liked is when the book informed me about stars and how they die, their cycle, and their formation/birth.I didn’t like any of the parts.I think these people would like Science Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond.

  • Donna Johnson
    2019-05-20 01:30

    Aguilar, D. (2013). Space encyclopedia: A tour of our solar system and beyond. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic,Citation by: Donna JohnsonType of Reference: EncyclopediaCall number: Ref 520Content/Scope: This 192 page book contains information about space in five different categories. The text is accompanied by illustrations and images from NASA. This is suitable for students aged 10 and up.Accuracy/Authority/Bias: David A. Aguilar is the Director of Science Information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. The publisher, National Geographic, has been a trusted source for over 100 years.Arrangement/Presentation: The book is divided into five sections, including "What We Know" and "Dreams of Tomorrow." It is extremely visually appealing with drawings and photographs from NASA present. Relation to other works: The LMC has space books, but none that combine illustrations and current NASA imagery or that are as visually appealing.Accessibility/Diversity: Any student may use the book, but it would be of special interest to visual learners.Cost: $24.95Professional Review: Phelan, C. (2013). Space encyclopedia: A tour of our solar system and beyond. Booklist Online. Retrieved from

  • Kellee
    2019-05-13 23:27

    Full review at: Review and Teachers' Tools for Navigation: This book is so full of information! It is almost more of a browsing or researching book because it is just so much. I will say the information is easy to understand (Aguilar constructed the book almost like a journey which makes it easier to follow) the the photographs and scientifically accurate illustrations are some of the best I’ve ever seen. In my time of reading this book, I learned so much and can definitely see how it would be a huge asset to a classroom (science or language arts).

  • Drew Burkes
    2019-05-05 03:23

    I enjoyed reading the Space Encyclopedia a nonfiction book. About space and its many things to offer. written by David A Aguilar. the setting is space. it has no main characters. I rate it four stars because it explains questions people may have.

  • Sophia1
    2019-05-01 20:21

    This book made space easy and fun to learn about!

  • Sophia
    2019-05-06 19:22

    Pretty interesting - goes into good detail about stars and has amazing and beautiful pictures, diagrams, and art to go along with it.