Did you know that at this very moment, Earth is speeding through space at more than 66,000 miles per hour? Or that big galaxies attract and devour smaller ones, by pulling them apart and absorbing their stars? Do you know how to find the Pole Star using the Big Dipper?
The wild and wonderful universe contains more mysteries than humans will ever be able to fathom. Young readers can join the ongoing exploration with this spectacular atlas from Reader's Digest. An ideal companion volume to the eye-catching Reader's Digest Children's Atlas of the World, the Atlas of the Universe is packed with fascinating information about the planets, constellations, space, black holes, stars, tools of the trade (telescopes, satellites, spacecraft, etc.), and lots more. The atlas includes hundreds of illustrations and photos, clear explanations of complex concepts, up-to-date maps and diagrams, a glossary of technical terms, a fact file, and fun projects, activities, and experiments for further learning. Divided into three major headings, Our Solar System, Deep Space, and Stargazing, each two-page spread provides information on one corner of the universe, in a friendly, interesting style, with enough variety in the illustrations, activities, maps, and text to satisfy every reader. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter