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Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More; A History with 21 Activities (For Kids series) Paperback – June 1, 2013

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–Beginning with a two-page time line spanning prehistory to 2009, this chronological survey of
astronomy covers early observations and discoveries, concentrating on modern findings. Beautiful color photographs of
space engage readers from the first page. Drawings and diagrams expand upon theories, and illustrations of Galileo,
Newton, and William and Caroline Herschel put faces on these prominent scientists. Activities relevant to each chapter,
are sprinkled throughout the book, such as making an astrolabe from string; creating a three-dimensional starscape to
demonstrate the distances between the stars in a constellation; inflating a balloon covered with stickers representing
stars to measure the changing distances in an expanding universe, and more. The three-page glossary provides short
definitions of terms (e.g., “eclipse,” “dark matter,” etc.), and many of these terms are listed in the five-page index
and take readers to specifics. For example, the observations and photographs of the 1919 total eclipse of the sun
revealed the bending of light around the dark sun, thus validating Einstein's theory of relativity. The resources
section lists astronomy websites, sky watching and star-chart sites, and books for further reading. This inviting and
informative comprehensive survey will be useful for homework assignments and may send young scientists to further
studies of astronomy.–Frances E. Millhouser, formerly with Fairfax County Public Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library
Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* With a vast subject and a lengthy time line, this book takes readers on a fast-paced but
worthwhile tour of the history of astronomy, beginning with ancient stargazers and ending with the James Webb space
telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018. Rather than skimming through centuries of discoveries, the discussion slows at
times to consider certain pivotal ones in some detail. At these points, Carson shows unusual finesse in communicating
the methods and significance of scientific breakthroughs. Whether describing how Galileo’s observations of Venus through
a telescope proved the heliocentric model of the solar system or how Eddington’s photos of a star during a solar eclipse
substantiated Einstein’s theory of relativity, the explanations are remarkably clear, vivid, and concise. The discussion
gives full weight to women in the field, including Caroline Herschel, Annie Jump Cannon, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell. The
many illustrations (most in color) include portraits and photos of astronomers and their equipment as well as images of
stars and other space objects. Line drawings illustrate the 21 activities, which offer students opportunities to explore
concepts in concrete ways. Notable for its unusually cogent explanations of complex topics, this volume is a worthy
companion to Carson’s excellent Exploring the Solar System (2006). Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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