Outer space is a fascinating subject in itself, but add all the cool sci-fi shows and movies and kids are pumped and excited to explore our solar system and beyond. Galaxies, asteroids, planets, spacecrafts, stars, aliens and more are topics kids want to probe and discover. Having the right resource material will not only advance their knowledge to stellar depths but soar their enthusiasm to galactic heights. DK Books has a great selection of space encyclopedias and comprehensive reference books for children of all ages who are enthusiastic about space.
Space a Visual Encyclopedia
The Space a Visual Encyclopedia is an all-embracing compendium about our universe and beyond. It’s divided into nine stirring chapters, Observing The Universe, The Violent Universe, Liftoff, Humans In Space, Solar System, Earth, The Moon, The Sun and lastly Stars and Stargazing.
Each section is filled with lots of visually appealing photos of actual space. Kids can experience what it’s like to be out in the universe from colliding galaxies to unusual observatories to space probes to spacewalking to comet missions to learning about the birth of a star and so much more. Each page has additional points of interest in Fast Facts, Take a Look and other highlighted information that kids can hone in on quickly.
A glance at the Planet Profiles will share interesting facts specific for each planet. Did you know that Venus does not have a moon? But Uranus has 27 moons. Uranus was discovered in 1781 by William Herschel with a homemade telescope. Did you know the very first person to go into space was Russian named Yuri Gagarin? He orbited the Earth in 1961. Guess how much space thrash in floating out in space? There is so much to learn from this amazing book that it’s hard to put it down. It’s the perfect educational resource for your family library.
Super Space Encyclopedia
The Super Space Encyclopedia also delves into the depths of our vast outer space. It’s divided into 7 chapters, The Universe, Inner Solar System, Outer Solar System, Stars and Exoplanets, Galaxies, Space Exploration and People in Space. Not to get into any heated or controversial debate about how the universe began, but this book starts under the premise of the big bang theory. Setting this point aside for those who believe otherwise, this book is filled with unimaginable wonders.
The photography and illustrations within these pages are breathtaking and awe-inspiring. They make learning fun, interesting and visually stimulating. Each section is filled with entrancing facts, plus there are blocks of eye-catching info in ‘At a Glance’ and ‘Stats and Facts’. Kids can explore these finds and absorb them at their own pace.
Kids will learn about Space Snowballs, Spinning Stars, Supernovas, Cosmic Collisions, Space Radio, Hoba, the uniqueness of each planet, solar-powered spacecrafts and lots more. Did you know that the Omega Centauri is a globular cluster consisting of thousands, millions or even billions of stars? It’s about 16,000 light-years away from Earth. See stunning images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope like the view of gas clouds in the Lagoon Nebula which is 4000 light-years from Earth. Did you know they are developing inflatable space habitats? It inflates three times its size and offers living space for six astronauts. The Super Space Encyclopedia is a great addition to our family library.
The Star Finder Step-By-Step Guide To The Night Sky will take kids on a journey to some of our most famous constellations. The book is divided into six sections, two chapters, the Night Sky and Among The Stars and four routes, Route 1 – The Bigger Dipper to Leo. Route 2 will take you from Orion to the Pleiades. Route 3 covers Cassiopeia to Aries and Route 4 travels from Cygnus to Serpens Caput. Plus the book comes with a Glow-in-the-Dark Night-Sky viewer.
Most of us remember as a kid, laying on the grass and looking up at the vibrant and colorful stars at night. They were brilliant and we may have wondered how far away they are, how big there are or even how they got their shape. The Star Finder will answer these questions and more.
Kids will learn about Star Movements, Stargazing Tips, Planet Spotting, Shooting Stars and develop an appreciation for the beauty in the night sky. As they traverse along each route, they will visit one constellation after the next. Plus they will learn in-depth knowledge about groups of stars. Did you know there is a Whirlpool Galaxy between Canes Venatici and the handle of the Big Dipper? We’ve all heard of the Andromeda Galaxy, but did you know it spirals? It’s 2.5 million light-years away from Earth. Kids can follow the planets and learn how to spot them in dark skies.
The photography and illustrations are inviting and informative. Star Finder is another great educational resource for kids of all ages.
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