Coupon
Beyond the Solar System : Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More; A History with 21 Activities
by Mary Kay Carson


Overview -

Winner of:
NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2014 list

Humans have gazed into the night sky for thousands of years and wondered, What are those twinkling lights? Though the sun, moon, and planets moved across the background of stars, the stars themselves appeared immovable, forever fixed in constellations.  Read more...


 
Paperback
  • $18.95

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

In Stock.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 33 copies from $4.55
 
eBook
Retail Price: $15.99
$10.54

Add to Cart + Add to Wishlist

Download

This item is available only to U.S. and Canada billing addresses.
 
 
 

More About Beyond the Solar System by Mary Kay Carson
 
 
 
Overview

Winner of:
NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2014 list

Humans have gazed into the night sky for thousands of years and wondered, What are those twinkling lights? Though the sun, moon, and planets moved across the background of stars, the stars themselves appeared immovable, forever fixed in constellations. Only when astronomers began taking a closer look did anyone realize what a fascinating, ever-changing universe lies beyond our solar system--red giant and white dwarf stars, spiral galaxies, wispy nebulae, black holes, and much more.

In "Beyond the Solar System," author Mary Kay Carson traces the evolution of humankind's astronomical knowledge, from the realization that we are not at the center of the universe to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. In addition to its engaging history, this book contains 21 hands-on projects to further explore the subjects discussed. Readers will build a three-dimensional representation of the constellation Orion, model the warping of space-time caused by a black hole, see how the universe expands using an inflating balloon, and construct a reflecting telescope out of a makeup mirror and a magnifying glass. "Beyond the Solar System" also includes minibiographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major scientific discoveries, a suggested reading list, a glossary of technical terms, and a list of websites for further exploration.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781613745441
  • ISBN-10: 1613745443
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Publish Date: June 2013
  • Page Count: 144
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-13

Series: For Kids

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Astronomy

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-06-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Carson follows 2008’s Exploring the Solar System with an in-depth study of humankind’s history with the stars above, from prehistory to the present. The book covers early studies of the heavens, the development of telescopes and other tools, changing schools of thought on the universe and how it works, and contemporary efforts to discover what lies beyond our solar system. Vocabulary terms appear in bold, and sidebars offer brief biographies of figures including Kepler, Newton, and Einstein; color photographs of galaxies and nebulas appear throughout, many from the Hubble Space Telescope. A comprehensive combination of astronomical history and science, with activities that should encourage curiosity and involvement. Ages 9–up. (June)

 
BAM Customer Reviews