The Solar System, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615308261
  • ISBN-13: 9781615308262
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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People have always been filled with wonder when staring at a starry sky. From the planets that join Earth in rotating around our life-giving sun to the distant stars and galaxies, these celestial bodies have intrigued the human imagination. Promising limitless opportunity for exploration and endless fuel for scientific inquiry, space offers new frontiers that demand to be discovered. As these absorbing volumes demonstrate, understanding the foundations of our world and the universe it inhabits begins by examining the elements of our own solar system—the Sun, planets, moons, and other bodies whose relationships with each other reveal much about the cosmic origins of all matter.

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The Solar System: Astronomy: Understanding the Universe  (ISBN-10: 1615305696 | ISBN-13: 9781615305698)

Fathoming the boundlessness of space and the universe, we are immediately filled with curiosity about our own origins and wonder about the objects, life forms, and matter that populate the cosmos. Through the observations and work of astronomers over time, we have slowly been able to reduce the number of unknowns and develop explanations or theories for some of the celestial objects and phenomena we see. This space-traveling survey recounts some of the major discovery milestones in the field of astronomy and examines the tools and techniques currently used by astronomers to study the universe.

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The Solar System: Earth and Its Moon  (ISBN-10: 1615305645 | ISBN-13: 9781615305643)

Routinely going through daily life, people may be inured to the fact that Earth takes up only a small fraction of a solar system, let alone the universe. Still, the planet we call home is unique for a number of reasons. The more we can learn about Earth and its Moon—the two bodies in the solar system of which the most has been discovered to date—the more likely scientists are to uncover truths about the universe as a whole. The properties, motions, and cycles that characterize the Earth and Moon are the subjects of this mesmerizing volume, supported with details, sidebars, and labeled illustrations that any earthling would love.

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The Solar System: The Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and Mars  (ISBN-10: 1615305610 | ISBN-13: 9781615305612)

Despite their proximity to Earth, much remains to be learned about the origins and conditions of Mercury, Venus, and Mars. The three smallest planets in our solar system and the three closest to the Sun—Mercury, Venus, and Mars—differ greatly from each other and from the place we call home. This far-reaching volume travels to each of the inner planets in turn and details the physical characteristics as well as the exploration efforts made in order to learn more about our closest planetary neighbors.

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The Solar System: The Nature of Planets, Dwarf Planets, and Space Objects  (ISBN-10: 1615305661 | ISBN-13: 9781615305667)

Peering through a telescope, you are likely to encounter a host of celestial bodies—anything from another planet to a comet—speckling the night sky. Careful observation has shown that while each object follows a unique orbit or trajectory, these entities also share numerous qualities and together provide critical information about space and the universe as a whole. This engaging volume surveys the characteristics of the diverse objects that make up the solar system as well as their distinguishing features.

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The Solar System: The Outer Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune  (ISBN-10: 161530567X | ISBN-13: 9781615305674)

As our ability to observe space improves with ever-progressing technology, we better grasp the farthest reaches of the cosmos and heighten our understanding of the universe in its entirety. Spacecraft exploration of the outermost planets in our solar system—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune—reveals many features of these seemingly harsh environments and moves us closer to comprehending the origins of our own planet as well as others. This insightful volume examines the characteristics of these remote planets and the paths they illuminate in our quest for celestial knowledge.

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The Solar System: The Sun, Stars, and Galaxies  (ISBN-10: 1615305688 | ISBN-13: 9781615305681)

Most avid sky gazers wait until nightfall to catch a glimpse of the stars that are scattered across the heavens. The fact of the matter is that one needs only to feel the Sun's rays in order to experience the presence of a star. The Sun is an ordinary star, a ball of hot gas much like millions of others in the universe, but as the center of the solar system, it is critical to the survival of all life forms on Earth. This comprehensive volume examines the nature of the Sun and details the properties and types of various stars, as well as the greater galaxies of which they are a part.

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