Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Destination: Space & Galaxies Ages 9-13

For over a century the idea of a black hole was merely a theory, one that was fiercely debated. Then, while using the Hubble Space Telescope to observe a distant galaxy, scientists were able to take the first pictures of a black hole. A mystery that existed for over a hundred years was solved!

Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope is still sending us images of the cosmos never before seen by the human eye. There are more pictures and new discoveries every day. Orbiting above the atmosphere, the Hubble Space Telescope can see into space ten times more clearly than the most powerful telescope on Earth.

In Destination: Space, stunning visuals illustrate major discoveries as Seymour Simon explains what each carefully chosen image has shown us about the universe. Capturing fascinating and complex scientific discoveries in dramatic photographs and an easy-to-understand text, Seymour Simon once again shows why he is widely regarded as one of America's most exciting and informative authors.

Destination: Space
By Seymour Simon
Edition: illustrated
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
ISBN 0688162894, 9780688162894
32 pages
The dean of science-writers for the ...
... grammar-school set offers comments on over a dozen big, dramatic photos and photo collages generated by the Hubble Space Telescope, from a sharply focused triple image of Mars to a tiny red arc identified as the most distant galaxy every observed. Most of the pictures look thousands of light years into space—to star "nurseries," remnants of massive explosions, clouds surrounding black holes, colliding galaxies, and less identifiable phenomena. In his characteristically matter-of-fact way, Simon (Seymour Simon's Book of Trains, p. 51, etc.) describes just what the viewer is seeing, puts it into astronomical context, and even mentions, sometimes, how or why certain shots were taken. Though this is nothing like a complete picture of what the Hubble has added to our knowledge of the visible universe, it will leave even readers who are not scientifically inclined with both a clearer understanding of modern astronomy's frontiers, and an enhanced sense of wonder at the starscape's vast, turbulent beauty. (Nonfiction. 9, 10, 11)
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Gr 4-7 , Ages 10, 11, 12, 13-In this handsome and fascinating ...
... oversized book, Simon discusses the many new discoveries scientists have made because of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which has been orbiting Earth since April, 1990. On each spread, the large-print, easy-to-understand text is supported by a stunning, full-page color photograph. The author explains what discovery each image produced and how the information fits into our existing knowledge. His enthusiastic descriptions create vivid pictures in and of themselves.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA
This close-up look at our own Milky Way and other enormous clusters of stars describes the many different types of galaxies, how they were formed, and how they got their different shapes. "A dazzling photo-essay."--School Library Journal.Galaxies
By Seymour Simon
Edition: illustrated, reprint
Published by Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1991
ISBN 0688109926, 9780688109929
32 pages
From Publishers Weekly
Like an afternoon at the planetarium watching a sky show, this is a step-by-step introduction to and description of the many galaxies in the universe. Simon, the author of many science books, uses 20 color photographs, most of which are from the National Optical Astronomy Observatories, to accompany the text. He includes discussions of the ways in which astronomers classify galaxies, black holes, smaller satellite galaxies such as the Magellanic Clouds and supernovas. The terms are explained within the text; however, a glossary might have been a nice addition. As fascinating and accessible as this book is, with its straightforward writing, the concepts may be difficult to comprehend for some readers in the designated age group. They may gain more by sharing Simon's splendid work with adults or older siblings. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 6 This dazzling photo essay immerses readers in a night sky no human eye ever beheld, full of long exposure color photos and computer-enhanced pictures, to introduce the galaxies: the Milky Way and a variety of others we can detect. Simon gives a clear, sure overview of the subject, occasionally surer than the experts. In one place, he states, ``The Galaxy has three spiral arms,'' ignoring the mixed nature of the evidence. Galaxies and Quasars (Watts, 1987) by Heather Cooper and Nigel Henbest offers considerably more detail for grades 4 to 8, in colorful but less alluring oversize format, and with its own set of errors. Simon's Galaxies is worth having just for the inspiration. Margaret Chatham, formerly at Smithtown Library, N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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