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Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe draws upon the legendary writer's wit, clarity of style, enthusiasm, and enormous command of facts about space to give youngsters the most current information about the wonders of the universe. In twelve volumes Asimov takes young astronomers on a tour of our particular place in this marvelous universe - the Solar System - proceeding step by step from the Sun at the center of it all to the distant outer orbit of Pluto. In between he covers all the interior planets, including our own Moon and the asteroid belt between Earth and Mars.
The SunOf all the portions of the universe we see in the sky, the most spectacular is the Sun. Our very own star, the Sun is ruler of the Solar System. When it is shining, it drowns out everything else. When clouds cover the Sun, the day is gloomy. At night, when the Sun is not overhead, the sky is dark. All the world depends on the Sun. Topics include sunspots, flares, prominences, the Sun's atmosphere, upcoming solar eclipses, and the Sun's vital importance to life on Earth.
The MoonEarth's closest celestial neighbor (only 238,900 miles away!) and planetary partner is the Moon. It is the only world other than the Earth that humans have stood upon. Topics include the Moon's phases, eclipses, and origin, plus modern exploration, including the two new U.S. missions to the Moon.
MarsPerhaps the most mysterious and intriguing planet in our Solar System is Mars. Is there life on Mars? Have Martian canals been found? Timely topics include information relayed from Mars to Earth by probes, new missions to Mars, and speculation about the colonization of Mars.
The EarthIn the unbelievably vast universe, there is only one world that we call home, where the drama of life as we know it began. That world is Earth. Earth is just one small planet circling one middle-sized star in a corner of a single, unremarkable galaxy. It is an incredibly fascinating place, however, filled with marvels and miracles. Topics discussed include Earth’s origins, evolution, composition, waters, atmosphere, and magnetic field. Young readers will also learn about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, global warming, the ozone layer, and the necessity of treating our fragile planet with care.
VenusOf all the planets in our Solar System, Venus is the one nearest to Earth and the brightest “star” in the night sky. It is very similar to Earth in some ways. The two are almost the same size, for example. But Venus is shrouded in such a thick layer of clouds that you cannot see its surface. Space probes and technology, such as radar, finally made it possible to learn what lay below the clouds. Underneath its shroud, Venus turned out to be quite different from Earth. Readers will learn about Venus’s blistering heat and intense atmospheric pressure, its slow backward rotation, Mariner 2’s and Magellan’s observations of Venus, and the planet’s volcanic activity.
JupiterJupiter, named for the king of the gods in ancient Roman myths, is the largest planet in our Solar System. This enormous world dwarfs our own Earth. In fact, nearly everything about the planet is extreme—its atmosphere, its storms, its temperatures, and its collection of moons, where you can find fiery volcanoes, icy plains, and perhaps even salty oceans. Scientists have learned much about Jupiter and its moons in recent years, thanks to the spacecrafts that have explored them. Topics include Jupiter’s rings, fierce winds, swirling storms, enormous Great Red Spot, sixteen moons, and shepherd satellite, plus the Galileo mission to Jupiter.
This enchanting series of astronomy books for young readers by one of our all-time great science writers will educate and inspire a love of learning in the young scientists in your household.
ISBN Numbers: 1-59102-122-7 (Sun); -123-5 (Moon); -124-3 (Mars); -177-4 (Earth); -179-0 (Venus); -178-2 (Jupiter)