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How Our Solar System Began

The Planets, Their Moons and Beyond

Aina Bestard


A large format, beautifully designed book that takes readers on an incredible journey into space

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We live in an amazing planetary system. From the yawning Valles Marineris on Mars and the ocean hiding beneath the ice crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa, to the eerily Earth-like terrain of Saturn’s moon Titan and the Sun’s blazing corona, our solar system brims with wonders.

This book takes children on a trip across the Solar System with the aid of marvellous illustrations, lift-up flaps and a comprehensive text that helps them understand the amazing variety of landscapes within our planetary system. Lift up the layers to discover how the Sun was formed and explore the amazing landscapes of our neighbouring planets. Readers will find out which moons are the most like the Earth, what Saturn’s rings are made of, where comets come from, and what lies in the Kuiper Belt, outside the very edge of the solar system.

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'Beautifully designed … You almost feel as if you’re looking through a telescope. A fantastic book for exploring space'

'Timeless … It really is a comprehensive and extraordinary compendium'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 24.5 x 33.5 cm

Extent: 80 pp

Publication date: 12 January 2023

ISBN: 9780500653197

Contents List

1. What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?
2. Where Are We?
3. How Did It All Begin?
4. The Solar System
5. Planetary Orbits
6. The Sun
7. Mercury
8. Venus
9. The Earth
10. Mars
11. The Asteroid Belt
12. Jupiter
13. Saturn
14. Uranus
15. Neptune
16. Dwarf Planets
17. Beyond the Edge

About the Author

Aina Bestard is a designer and illustrator. She is the author of several other children’s books, including What’s Hidden in the Woods?, What’s Hidden in the Sea?, What’s Hidden in the Body?, Amazing Animal Babies and How Life on Earth Began. Antonio Hales is a Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy
Observatory (NRAO), and Manager of the Array Performace Group at the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA). He works in astrophysics, and in the art-science interplay through music, sound and literature. His research in astrophysics focuses on the question of the origins of planets. ALMA (the Atacama Large millimetre/submillimetre Array, is the largest astronomical project in the world.