IT'S ASTRONOMICAL

Find out about the fascinating discoveries astronomers have made—and the mysteries that remain—about stars, dwarf planets, and exoplanets.

ss-ia-dwarf-planetsIt's Astronomical! Dwarf Planets

Nine planets? That’s so last century! Our solar system has gotten a makeover. Dwarf Planets tells the fascinating story of Pluto’s demotion and the downsizing of our solar system. The book draws on the latest research to present an engaging overview of our new solar system—its eight planets, from Mercury to Neptune; its three dwarf planets, Ceres, Pluto, and Eris; and its thousands of asteroids and millions of comets.

For readers ages 9 and up
39 pages, full color
7 by 9 inches, paperback

ss-ia-exoplanetsIt's Astronomical! Exoplanets

The Universe doesn’t end with us. There are countless other suns out there—many a lot like our own. And orbiting some of those stars are planets. In fact, hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered in recent years. Exoplanets draws on findings from powerful telescopes in space and on Earth to describe how astronomers detect planets beyond our solar system and what we are learning about those exoplanets and the stars they orbit.

For readers ages 9 and up
39 pages, full color
7 by 9 inches, paperback

ss-ia-starsIt's Astronomical! Stars

Each tiny point of light in the night sky is actually a humongous star, much like our own Sun. This book draws on decades of research to present an engaging overview of stars. Readers explore the wide world of stars, including the different types of stars and how stars are born, live, and die. The book also describes our own star—the Sun—from its place in space to its influence throughout the solar system, including here on Earth.

For readers ages 9 and up
40 pages, full color
7 by 9 inches, paperback

ss-ia-tools-of-astronomyIt's Astronomical! Tools of Astronomy

Ever since ancient times, people have been fascinated by the night sky. Gradually they started building tools to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos. Tools of Astronomy describes the instruments astronomers use—from telescopes and spectrometers to cameras and computers—and the exciting discoveries made possible by these tools. The book also looks forward to future tools that will allow astronomers to learn even more about our remarkable Universe.

For readers ages 9 and up
40 pages, full color
7 by 9 inches, paperback