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How It Works Book of Space

How It Works Book of Space How It Works Book Of Space 7th Edition

Space is the great big unknown, with billions of lightyears still undiscovered. That doesn't stop humankind from trying though, as this book documents all the research man has poured into exploring our universe. Discover the wonders in our solar system, the technology being developed for space exploration, the strangest and most incredible celestial bodies in our universe, and the best way to observe it all with a telescope. Featuring: Solar System - Journey from the surface of the Sun, past planets, moons, asteroids and more, towards the edge of our Solar System Exploration - Be inspired by over half a century of space exploration, and take a look at the exciting possibilities the future holds Universe - Explore the furthest reaches of our amazing universe, from the secrets of the Big Bang to the mystery of dark matter Astronomy - How do telescopes work? What's the weather like in space? Discover the answers to these questions and more

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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to how it works book of space

Space has fascinated mankind from the earliest days of civilization, and as we keep scratching the surface of the vast universe in which we live, our sense of awe and wonder continues to grow unabated. Now, with the technological advancements being made by the world’s space agencies, we understand more than ever about the things that are happening beyond our own planet. This new edition of the How It Works Book of Space has been updated with more of latest astronomical advancements, stunning space photography from the most advanced telescopes on the planet, and glimpses at what the future of space exploration holds, such as the planned mission to Mars. Taking you from the heart of our Solar System and out into deep space. Get ready for lift off and…

5 min.
journey through the solar system

The Solar System formed about 4.6 billion years ago, when part of a giant molecular cloud had a gravitational collapse. The centre became the Sun, which comprises more than 99 per cent of the Solar System’s total mass. The rest became a dense, flat rotating disk of gas from which planets formed, called a protoplanetary disk. In our Solar System, most of that disk became the eight planets, each of which orbits the Sun. There are two different categories of planets: gas giants and terrestrials. The gas giants are the four outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They are much bigger than the terrestrial planets and are mostly made of helium and hydrogen, although Uranus and Neptune also contain ice. All of the outer planets have ring systems made of…

2 min.
map of the solar system

The Statistics Neptune Type: Gas giant Rotation (Equatorial): 60,179 days Rotation (Polar): 16.11 hours Volume: (Earth = 1) 57.74 Average distance from Sun: 2.8 billion miles Number of moons: 13 Speed: 5.43km/s Surface temp: -220°C The Statistics Pluto Type: Dwarf Rotation (Equatorial): 90,613 days Rotation (Polar): N/A Volume: (Earth = 1) 0.0059 Average distance from Sun: 3.7 billion miles Number of moons: 3 Speed: 4.666km/s Surface temp: -230°C The Statistics Uranus Type: Gas giant Rotation (Equatorial): 30,799 days Rotation (Polar): 17.24 hours Volume: (Earth = 1) 63.1 Average distance from Sun: 1.78 billion miles Number of moons: 27 Speed: 6.81km/s Surface temp: -214°C The Statistics Saturn Type: Gas giant Rotation (Equatorial): 10,759 days Rotation (Polar): 10.66 hours Volume: (Earth = 1) 763.59 Average distance from Sun: 888 million miles Number of moons: 34 Speed: 9.69km/s Surface temp: -140°C The Statistics The Sun Type: Star Rotation (Equatorial): 25 days Rotation (Polar): 34 days Mass: (Earth= 1) 333,000 Surface temperature: 5,500°C Core temperature: 15 million °C Diameter (Equatorial): 864,900 miles The Statistics Jupiter Type: Gas giant Rotation (Equatorial): 4,331 days Rotation (Polar): 9.93 hours Volume: (Earth…

10 min.
esa’s envisat

DID YOU KNOW?ISS astronauts spend ten mins a day taking photos of Earth with digital and 35mm and 70mm film cameras The crew of Apollo 8 were the first people to see and photograph our planet as a globe in its entirety. During the fourth orbit around the Moon, Lunar module commander William Anders took a series of photographs of the Earth that became known as ‘Earthrise’. They revealed the true splenWdour of our planet suspended in stark contrast with the barren lunar surface, and became an icon for showing that our home is a fertile and fragile dot of life in an immense and deadly universe. From the Sixties onwards an enormous number of Earth observation satellites have been launched to look at the hard facts about the state of our…

3 min.
inside the sun

A celestial wonder, the Sun is a huge star formed from a massive gravitational collapse when space dust and gas from a nebula collided, It became an orb 100 times bigger and weighing over 300,000 times that of Earth. Made up of 70 per cent hydrogen and about 28 per cent helium (plus other gases), the Sun is the centre of our solar system and the largest celestial body anywhere near us. “The surface of the Sun is a dense layer of plasma at a temperature of 5,800 degrees kelvin that is continually moving due to the action of convective motions driven by heating from below,” says David Alexander, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University. “These convective motions show up as a distribution of what are called granulation…

2 min.
solar eclipse

During a solar eclipse, the Moon casts shadows on the Earth known as umbra or penumbra. The umbra is the darkest part of the shadow, while the penumbra is the area where part of the Moon is blocking the Sun. Partial eclipses happen when the Sun and Moon are not in perfect alignment – only the penumbra of the Moon’s shadow passes over the surface of the Earth. In a total eclipse, the umbra touches the Earth’s surface. There are also annular eclipses, in which both the Sun and the Moon are in alignment but the Moon appears to be slightly smaller than the Sun. The Sun appears as a bright ring, or annulus, around the Moon’s profile. The umbra is still in line with a region on the Earth’s surface,…