How space works

Book - 2021

How the Universe works - and how we explore it - explained in simple words and clever graphics. The clearest, most visual guide to space and the Universe for complete beginners to astronomy. Have you ever asked yourself how big the Universe is, how far it is to the nearest star, or what came before the Big Bang? Then this is the book for you. How Space Works shows you the different types of object in the Universe (so you'll know your pulsars from your quasars) and introduces you to some of the strangest and most wonderful things known to science, including dark matter particles and ancient white dwarf stars that are almost as old as the Universe itself. The book starts with an explanation of our view of the Universe from Earth, then ta...kes a tour of the Solar System, the stars and galaxies, and the furthest reaches of space. The last chapter looks at the technology we use to explore the Universe, from the International Space Station to Mars rovers and the new and revolutionary reusable rockets. Illustrated with bold graphics and step-by-step artworks - and peppered with bite-sized factoids and question-and- answer features - this is the perfect introduction to astronomy and space exploration.

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New York : Dorling Kindersley Limited 2021.
Other Authors
Abigail Beall (contributor), Philip Eales, John Farndon, Giles Sparrow, 1970-, Colin (Science writer) Stuart
First American edition
Physical Description
223 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
  • Space from Earth
  • The Solar System
  • Stars
  • Galaxies and the Universe
  • Space exploration.
Review by Booklist Review

Our world is not just big, or just small; our interpretation of the world makes it big or small. The theoretical and practical learning offered by unpacking space's mysteries and beholding unfathomable discoveries is reason enough to study areas beyond Earth. How Space Works answers the most prominent questions about space that middle-school and high-school students have. The book is divided into five parts, each containing a dozen to two-dozen double-page spreads. Each spread explores space through a specific topic (active galaxies, mapping the universe, etc.) The first section reviews observation of space from Earth. From there, successive sections move from the solar system to stars, galaxies and the universe, and finally space exploration. Each section has its own unique border pattern and color, and the sidebars add interesting factoids to the main narrative. The color illustrations work in tandem with the main narrative to enhance understanding. General readers are likely to find familiar information that is more clearly presented as well as some facts that are new. A breadth of information is covered in a browsable format, giving readers the opportunity to explore space in small or large chunks of time.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.