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Society of the Pacific
the last few decades, the planets and moons in the solar system
have been revealed as wonderfully individual worlds that we are
beginning to explore in detail. Here are some resources to help
your family get to know these worlds better.
for Kids (age 8 and up)
Terence Other Worlds: A Beginners Guide to the Planets
and Moons. 1995, Firefly
Patricia Journey to the Planets, 4th
edition. 1993, Crown.
Seymour The Solar System: Facts and Exploration.
1995, Henry Holt.
David and Younger, James The Planets. 1999,
Yale University Press. This beautiful coffee-table
book accompanies a PBS TV series of the same name. Written by a
journalist and TV producer and accompanied by many color images,
the text gives an overview of our modern understanding of the solar
Ron and Hartmann, William The Grand Tour: A Travelers
Guide to the Solar System, 2nd
ed. 1993, Workman. This paperback volume by two artists (one of
whom is an astronomer) shows the planets in photographs and paintings.
A good primer for beginners.
David Exploring Planetary Worlds. 1993, Scientific
American Library/W. H. Freeman. A clear, non-technical survey by
one of the foremost astronomers who specializes in the planets.
Few Useful Websites
Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
astronomer and web wizard Bill Arnett keeps this likeable site of
information, images, and links.
of the Solar System
and professional image processor Calvin Hamilton has assembled a
site similar to Nine Planets, but with even more graphics and images.
terrific site collects and organizes several thousand of the best
images from recent NASA spacecraft. They are all in the public domain
(paid for by your tax dollars) and can be downloaded in several
different picture formats.
more readings and web sites (including the best resources on individual
planets and moons), see our Solar System Resource Guide on the web