Academic journal article Science and Children

To the Planets and Beyond

Academic journal article Science and Children

To the Planets and Beyond

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By Raman Prinja. 32 pp. $19.95. 2012. ISBN: 9781609922450. Amicus. (Grades 4-6)

We are part of an amazing universe. As scientists we ask questions and seek answers in an attempt to understand how we are related to galaxies, planets, and stars. Because more than 90% of the universe is invisible, it is easy to understand why astronomers will continue to explore space to learn more about topics such as dead stars, dark energy, brown dwarfs, and strange particles.

The Universe Rocks is a series of four books that present the recent research of astronomers. The flowing text in each book is readable and informative. On each page, two or three brief paragraphs are surrounded by colorful illustrations. Each book includes creative, hands-on experiments using easy-to-find materials. For example, after describing the big bang (a sudden explosion that most astronomers believe started the expansion of the universe) the author shows how to make a timeline of the universe. …

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