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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 humankinds 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.

Review:

"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Tracing the evolution of humankinds pursuit of astronomical knowledge, this resource looks deep into the furthest reaches of space. Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the 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, see how the universe expands using an inflating balloon, and construct a reflecting telescope out of a makeup mirror and a magnifying glass. It also includes small biographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major scientific discoveries, a glossary of technical terms, and dozens of full-color images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

About the Author

Mary Kay Carson has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children, including The Bat Scientists, Exploring the Solar System, and The Wright Brothers for Kids.

Table of Contents

Note to Readers

Time Line

1: Pre-History-1600: Stargazers to Scientists

            Find Polaris

            Ptolemy on a Plate

            Make an Astrolabe

            Get Ready to Star Watch

2: 1600s: Telescopes and Gravity

            The Power of Lenses

            Make a Reflecting Telescope

            Split White Light

3: 1700s-1800s: Unveiling the Stars

            Make a 3D Starscape

            Milky Way on Edge

            Handy Sky Distances

4: 1915-1940: Space-Time Tricks, Island Universes, and the Biggest Bang

            Warp Some T-Shirt Space-Time

            A Toy with No Equal

            Sweet Twisted Space-Time

            Expand a Balloon-iverse

5: 1930s-1970s: Discovering the Invisible: Quasars, Pulsars, and Black Holes

            Track Down Interference

            Make a Radio Picture

            Make a Pulsar

            Make a Black Hole

6: 1980s-2010s: Frothy Galaxies, Alien Planets, and Dark Energy

            Soap Up Some Galaxy Clusters

            Our Galactic Group in 3D

            Track Down Exoplanets

Glossary

Resources

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781613745441
Subtitle:
Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More; A History with 21 Activities
Author:
Carson, Mary Kay
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press
Subject:
Science & Technology - Astronomy
Subject:
Childrens Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
For Kids series
Publication Date:
20130601
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 4
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 in
Age Level:
from 9

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

Tracing the evolution of humankinds pursuit of astronomical knowledge, this resource looks deep into the furthest reaches of space. Children will follow along as the realization that the Earth is not at the center of the universe leads all the way up to recent telescopic proof of planets orbiting stars outside the 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, see how the universe expands using an inflating balloon, and construct a reflecting telescope out of a makeup mirror and a magnifying glass. It also includes small biographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major scientific discoveries, a glossary of technical terms, and dozens of full-color images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

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