160 pages, 86 Col figs, 3 halftones, 5 line diagrams
Introduction to astronomy and the wonders of the night sky. It begins by looking at the universe as a whole, describing what we can see in the night sky. The solar system is then explored in detail, taking each planet in turn before moons, asteroids, meteoroids and comets are described, and objects outside our solar system are explained.
'This is a wide-ranging astronomy book, brilliantly written for 9-11 year ages, or thereabouts. The co-authors are an astronomer and a primary school teacher, and it shows in the result. The astronomical terminology is painlessly introduced, and material and ideas are presented in digestible chunks. ! recommended strongly for anyone looking for a present for a youngster showing signs of wanting to know more about the Earth in space, all primary science teachers, and for additions to school libraries. I would cheerfully predict that it will help to attract more than just a few young readers into becoming serious students of the subject.' Rochard Knox, GNONOM 'The authors infuse the process of science and research into their text, letting the reader know the inside story about how theories and science 'facts' come into being. I'm not sure that I've ever read an introductory book in which this was done as well'. Sky and Telescope 'The book is user-friendly, nicely broken up by headngs into small, easily-digestible sections !'. Southern Observer
1. Our view of the universe; 2. The Solar System; 3. Stars and galaxies; 4. Questions and answers.
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Andrew Conway is a lecturer in astronomy, based in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Open University, UK. Rosie Coleman is a primary school teacher in Scotland, UK, and has taught children for almost thirty years.