How Our Solar System Began


How Our Solar System Began is one of the most beautifully produced books for children about the universe and our own solar system.  It takes the reader on a journey from the very origins of the universe, right up to date with the latest scientific research and discoveries about the planets, moons and other stellar objects in our system.

The book uses a variety of design and illustration techniques to capture the vastness of the universe and the fascinating details about our ‘neighbouring’ planets.  It also explains where comets come from, what is in the Kuiper Belt, on the very edge of our solar system.  The huge range of information available is handled well and what can sometimes be difficult concepts to grasp are presented in clear and concise language.  This is a book that deserves to be in every school and home library!

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How Our Solar System Began

The Planets, Their Moons and Beyond

Aina Bestard

(Thames & Hudson)

How Our Solar System Began is a large format, beautifully illustrated and designed book that takes readers on an awe-inspiring journey into space.
The book begins with the sort of data that always leaves one staggered at the vastness of the universe.  Scientists now believe that the universe contains at least 100,000 million galaxies.  So the galaxy that contains Earth is but a minuscule dot in the whole scheme of things.
We live in an amazing planetary system. This magnificent book is the perfect guide.  It takes us from the yawning Valles Marineris on Mars to the ocean hiding beneath the ice crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa.  We also explore the eerily Earth-like terrain of Saturn’s moon Titan.  Our solar system brims with remarkable features, not least the sun itself and it’s blazing corona. This book is not just sumptuously illustrated, the comprehensive text helps children understand the amazing variety of landscapes within our planetary system. Readers will find out which moons are the most like the Earth, where comets come from, and what lies in the Kuiper Belt, outside the very edge of the solar system.
Bookwagon has a comprehensive selection of books about space and astronomy, including Pop-Up Moon and How To Be An Astronaut.


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