WASHINGTON (June 26, 2007)–National Geographic takes young readers to the furthest reaches of the universe in a new book PLANETS, STARS, AND GALAXIES: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4263-0170-4; Oct. 9, 2007; $24.95), a vividly illustrated reference work that celebrates the wonders of space.
The book is written and illustrated by renowned space artist David Aguilar, who contributed 70 specially commissioned pieces of original art showing conditions on other planets, how a star is born and dies, “weird worlds,” the “galactic zoo” and more.
The engaging, educational text, written in collaboration with National Geographic experts, covers the latest in space exploration, science and research, and is accompanied by amazing new images of space, including Saturn’s rings, Jupiter’s moons and the Hubble telescope’s deep-space view.
The book features detailed tours of the new solar system, including dwarf planets Pluto, Ceres and Eris; an illustrated time line of space research and exploration; star charts; moon maps; fact boxes; and helpful scientific diagrams. Also included are firsthand accounts from scientists and astronauts explaining what it’s like to study the universe and live in space. The book also takes a fascinating look into the future, exploring what space travel might be like in a young reader’s lifetime, whether we’ll ever be able to live on Mars, whether we’ll discover other life in the universe, and how the universe might end.
“The discoveries astronomers make sometimes change the way we think about our place in the universe,” Aguilar says. “The biggest questions regarding our universe are still waiting to be answered. PLANETS, STARS, AND GALAXIES is for the future scientists who will make these discoveries and for all children who are fascinated by astronomy.” Star-gazing tips that appear throughout the book help readers begin their own celestial observations.
PLANETS, STARS, AND GALAXIES, for ages 10 and up, belongs on every family bookshelf, providing an easy reference for school reports and compelling reading about the mysteries of worlds beyond our own.
Author/illustrator David Aguilar is director of science information at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the former director of the Fiske Planetarium and Science Center at the University of Colorado. He is also a recognized writer and space artist, with work appearing in the new 2008 BBC television series “Universe,” National Geographic, Time, U.S. News & World Report, ABC Nightly News, CNN, NY Times, USA Today, Sky & Telescope, Astronomy and Scientific American.
PLANETS, STARS, AND GALAXIES: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe
Written and illustrated by David Aguilar
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books
Publication date: Oct. 9, 2007
Ages 10 and up – 192 pages
List Price: $24.95 – Hardcover