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Winner of the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2019
A special edition for junior readers of the superb Planetarium in the Welcome to the Museum series, this book dazzles. It takes readers on a journey into space, explaining clearly and sometimes poetically, where our planet is in the Solar System, how we have found ways to look out across it, and what we have discovered about the universe. Information is conveyed though precise descriptions catching all of the awe-inspiring sense of time and distance, while Christopher Wormell’s illustrations are both beautiful and illuminating. Opening with a section on telescopes and observatories, and ending with the end of the universe, via sections on the night sky, stars and galaxies, this really is a book to treasure, and although the text has been adapted for younger readers, it will fascinate those of any age.
Part of the Welcome to the Museum series. Published in association with the Science Museum.
A judge of the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2019, Professor Michael Rosen, said, “Planetarium is a book that takes you into space in a way that mixes art and science. It invites the eye into space and the study of space in what is a distinctive painterly way, full of mood and feeling. Alongside the lush art work, we are given solidly scientific mini-essays for older readers telling us, for example that the 'Sun wobbles back and forth, due to gravitational tugs mainly from Jupiter and Saturn.' The Sun wobbles? Really? Yes it does. It's a great book for peering into and poring over whether as a child, a teen or in groups, schools, or in families. A worthy winner!'”
Welcome to Planetarium. This museum is open all hours. It will take you on an incredible journey through the Solar System and beyond, towards the most distant objects in space. So how big is the Universe? How did it start and when will it end? What exactly is a black hole? And are we really alone in the Universe?
|Publication date:||7th February 2019|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
RAMAN PRINJA is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, where he specialises in massive stars, star formation and the evolution of galaxies. He is a multiple winner of UCL faculty and department teaching awards. Raman is keen to bring the subject of astronomy to a wider audience and has written several successful books on the subject, including Night Sky Watcher which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in 2015.More About Raman Prinja
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