Our Solar System by Seymour SimonOur Solar System was born almost 5 billion years ago at the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. In over fifty dramatic, full-color photographs and an easy-to-read text, award-winning author Seymour Simon takes you on a fascinating tour of the nine planets, dozens of moons, and thousands of asteroids, meteoroids, and comets that travel around our sun.
First, Simon explores the star at the center of our Solar System -- from the constant nuclear explosions at its core to the giant storms on its surface as geysers of flaming gas over a hundred thousand miles long rise and fall in just a few hours.
You will also learn about the four rocky inner planets, from airless Mercury to fiery Venus, her sister planet, Earth, and mysterious Mars. Then join the thrilling Voyager missions to explore the four gaseous outer planets: gigantic Jupiter, ringed Saturn, tilted Uranus -- the planet lying on its side -- and windy Neptune. You will finish your journey at distant Pluto, then visit the asteroid belt and examine comets, the dirty snowballs in space.
A companion volume to Simons landmark series of individual books about each of the planets, the sun, stars, and other space sights, Our Solar System will introduce you to some of the most amazing mysteries in the universe.
Solar System 101 - National Geographic
Nine Planets - Solar System Tour
Rex and the Crater of Doom. Encyclopedia of the Solar System. Bad Astronomy. Build Your Own Telescope. The New Solar System Summarizes what we've learned from interplanetary explorations in the last 25 years. My primary reference for The Nine Planets. Rex and the Crater of Doom The story of the discovery of the impact crater that doomed the dinosaurs.
Planets in our Solar System Song/Planet song
As I came to describe each constellation, I found myself wondering about its origin and the way in which ancient people had personified it in mythology. Astronomy books did not contain satisfactory answers. They either gave no mythology at all, or they recounted stories that, I later discovered, were not true to the Greek and Roman originals. I decided to write my own book on the mythology of the constellations. What makes things sticky? Where do insects live and plants grow? Planets Planets: The planet count in our solar system has gone as high as 15 before new discoveries prompted a fine tuning of the definition of a planet.
This website is an overview of the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Each page has our text and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information. Please visit our Astronomy news section which gives news, notes and general observations, we also have an interactive tour of the solar system loads in a new window All planets can be seen with a small telescope or binoculars and private observatories continue to provide useful information. But the possibility of getting up close with interplanetary spacecraft has revolutionized planetary science. Very little of this site would have been possible without the space program. Nevertheless, there's a lot that you can see with a telescope for kids or very modest equipment or even with just your own eyes.