Tuesday 6 May 2014

Solar System

A Visual Exploration of the Planets, 
Moons, and Other Heavenly Bodies 
that Orbit Our Sun.
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 224  
  • Publisher: FABER & FABER 
  • Publication Date: 
  • ISBN 10: 0571277713 
  • ISBN 13: 9780571277711 
  • Author Marcus Chown 
  • Illustrator
  • Purchase: Book Depository and Amazon.
A few weeks ago I shared with you my favourite chemistry book - The Elements.  Over the last few years I have developed an interest in Solar Eclipses and Lunar Eclipses. As a result of this I am always on the lookout for books about the universe. This week I discovered a book about the Solar System published by the same company who published The Elements book.

It is a visually stunning book.  You can take a look inside this book over at Amazon. As a christian family we do not believe in the big bang theory of where our universe came from so we skipped that part of the book.

Each part of the system starts off with a double page spread.  On the left page is a full page photograph of the sun, star or planet discussed.  The right hand page has a break down.  It contains a short summary, orbital data, physical data, atmospheric composition, a labeled cross section and a mean density graph.

Following this page is another double page spread of interesting photographs and then some other information about theories and famous scientists through the ages.

This book would make a wonderful gift to anyone who has an interest in the solar system.  

Description on Book Depository "In this title, bestselling author Marcus Chown leads us on a grand tour through the incredible diversity of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and spacecraft that surround the Sun in our cosmic backyard. Illuminating his insightful and surprising text are a wealth of beautiful images and diagrams, printed in full colour, richly detailed and accurately based on real scientific data. A perfect gift for anyone with an interest in astronomy, "The Solar System" allows the imagination to roam free from Mercury to Pluto and beyond."


Welcome to Tuesdays Treasures. I started these posts as a way of sharing great books in honour of my friend in New Zealand who would arrive with the treasures she had unearthed at her weekly trip to the library!

There are so many wonderful books and Resources out there out there hiding on shelves and somewhere on the internet.

I invite you to blog about

  • a book on your shelf, one you're reading or one you found at the library,
  •  a great homeschool item you have found and
  •  any new resources you are enjoying. 
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  1. Wow! this looks amazing. the pictures are incredible!

  2. I would have loved to have had this book when I was teaching astronomy at the co-op years and years ago!


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