Solar System

A Visual Exploration of All the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun

By Marcus Chown
(Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Hardcover, 9781579128852, 224pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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Based on the latest ebook sensation developed by Theodore Gray and his company Touch Press, this beautiful print book presents a new and fascinating way to experience the wonders of the solar system
Following the stunning success of both the print edition and the app of "The Elements, " Black Dog & Leventhal and Touch Press have teamed up again. "Solar System" is something completely new under the sun. Never before have the wonders of our solar system all its planets, dwarf planets, the sun, moons, rocky Asteroid Belt, and icy Kuiper Belt been so immediately accessible to readers of all ages.
Beginning with a fascinating overview and then organized by planet, in order of its distance from the sun, "Solar System" takes us on a trip across time and space that includes a front-row seat to the explosive birth of the solar system, a journey to (and then deep inside) each of its eight planets, and even an in-depth exploration of asteroids and comets.
With hundreds of gorgeous images produced especially for this project and through a collaboration between NASA and the graphics experts at Planetary Visions Ltd. and Joe Zeff Design, "Solar System" gives us page after page of unique, detailed, and never-before-seen views, both photographic and computer-generated. Take a dive down into the canyons of Mars; ride across the rings of Saturn; fly over the volcanoes of Io, Jupiter's so-called Pizza Moon; and sail through the fiery loops of gas that are constantly erupting from our sun.
Every planet and moon is introduced with a big, beautiful, full-page image and a databox that shows the orbit and position of the planet or moon in relation to surrounding bodies, as well as the diameter, mass, volume, surface temperature, atmospheric makeup, and orbital period of the planet; a scale comparison graphic; and a planet cross-section for the eight planets.
Throughout, award-winning author and CalTech radio astronomer Marcus Chown explains everything to us in his easy-to understand, exciting style. The result is a gorgeous and thoroughly entertaining not to mention educational book.
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