Sea Reviews: Book Review
The New Solar System
Ice Worlds, Moons, and Planets Redefined
Author: Patricia Daniels
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publish Date: August 18, 2009
Level: Introductory to Intermediate
List Price: $35.00 (Buy on Amazon and Save)
The High Frontier comes into sharp, up-to-date and timely focus as we celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo's use of the telescope, as well as NASA'a first half-century. Gazing outward to exciting new interplanetary possibilities, astronomy author Patricia Daniels, with contributions by former editor of Astronomy magazine Robert Burnham, presents an easy-to-use, visually stunning and solidly reliable reference. Enhanced with 160 photographs, diagrams and maps, The New Solar System explores every corner of Earth's planetary neighborhood, from the fiery Sun at its center to the dark, icy realm where interstellar space begins. It's a state-of-the-art observation of the Solar System as we know it today and a knowledgeable forecast of what to expect in the future...from Pluto's demotion to plutoid to the upcoming Moon mission, the likelihood of a manned expedition to mars, and much more.
The New Solar System explores every corner of Earth's planetary neighborhood, from the fiery sun at its center to the dark, icy realm where interstellar space begins. It's a fascinating observation of the solar system as we know it today and a forecast of what to expect in the future. From breathtaking full-color photographs to explanatory diagrams and expert essays, fascinating sidebars, and informative fact boxes, the New Solar System is an easy-to-use, solidly reliable reference, and a visually stunning, invitingly browsable volume guaranteed to fire the imagination of even the most casual reader.
The New Solar System is a beautiful and informational book that deserves a place on every astronomer's book shelf. This book comes highly recommended by Sea and Sky.