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The Planets: A Journey Through the Solar sytem: A Journey Through the Solar System [Hardcover]

Giles Sparrow
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5 Oct 2006

In the last 40 years the planets have been revealed in their full glory, unmasked by a fleet of satellites and interplanetary probes. And the closer we look, the more astonishing they are: Mars' deserts were once home to rivers and oceans; on Jupiter wind speeds reach 10,000 kph (6,000 mph) and storms rage for centuries; Saturn is surrounded by a swarm of 34 moons; and diamonds are believed to rain from Neptune's blue skies. Moving out from the Sun, every planet and moon is visited in a journey that takes us a full light year into space, out to the fringes of the solar system where the Sun is no longer the brightest star in the sky. With 200 spectacular images, The Planets follows the tracks of robotic rovers over Mars, plunges through Titan's atmosphere on the back of the Hugyens probe, smashes into a comet with Deep Impact, and voyages to the edge of our solar system to discover the frozen planets that lurk beyond the orbit of Pluto.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905204779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905204779
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 30.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello, and thanks for visiting my page on Author Central. I'm a freelance writer and editor, specializing in astronomy and physics - though I've also worked on many other subjects, and as a general editor in illustrated reference publishing. Over the years I've written for everything from multi-volume encyclopedias to websites, multimedia CD-Roms (remember them?) and magazines.

Subjects I've written about include space technology, astronomy and physics, geology, palaeontology, climate, the history of science, archaeology, and architecture. I've also written at a variety of levels, from the 8-12 agegroup up to adult books.

As well as writing, I've worked as an editor, both in-house and out-of-house, for a variety of publishing houses since the mid-1990s. Some of these have been science-related, while others have simply involved my project-management and general editorial skills.

For the past few years, I've also been a partner, with m'colleague Tim Brown, in a book packaging and illustration business called Pikaia Imaging. We specialize in astronomical and scientific imagery, offering a combination of scientific nouse and visual flair in one place, and have also found ways of working computerized data processing into artworks such as star maps. For more on all this, see the Pikaia website.

When I'm not writing for the day job, I enjoy film, theatre and cult TV, travel, natural history, Forteana and writing for pleasure - and needless to say I'm working on a novel and a couple of screenplays in my spare time...

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Travelling outwards from the Sun, every planet is visited on a journey that takes us a full light year into space, to the very fringes of the Solar System. Includes 180 fully up-to-date and strikingly beautiful images. A captivating introduction to the wonders of our Solar System.

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Travel a light year into space and visit the outer reaches of our Solar System, where the Sun is no longer the brightest star in the sky. Illustrated with 180 spectacular images.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography 31 May 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great photography and a nice browser of our nearest neighbours. Possibly could have done with a little more information to go with the pics. Makes you want to know more about our solar system which a book such as the Dorling Kindesley "Universe" provides in abundance. The DK book would be my choice: great value for money with lots more photos and information. In fact Giles Sparrow contributed to this. Good as an engaging short pictorial guide but leaves you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth getting 23 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book is fully up to date, now that Pluto isn't a classed as a planet, with beautiful pictures and easy writing. I will be getting of this book out of the cupboard even if it just for looking at these amazing pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Print 16 April 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is astonishing. Although images take up most of page spaces inside, the little captions included and occasional texts provide very precise information and easy to understand. Better on, Images speak louder than words in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its promise. 30 Sep 2013
By Frank D
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Compared to Sparrow's slightly earlier extravaganza 'Cosmos', this book is a pallid companion. There is nothing in this book (aside from a dozen or more added pictures - some of which are incorrectly pre-pressed) that wasn't covered in considerable, and substantially more spectacular detail in the former... (which naturally also includes the rest of the Universe for the price......)

One doubts that Sparrow spent more than 10 minutes on each six line caption - and not a few contain technical inexactitudes. One wonders how statements like 'Buzz Aldrin landed the LM on the Moon' can escape proper editing...., or that the photo shown was 'taken just before the Eagle touched down' ..... when it was taken after....?

Sparrow is an extremely competent and well informed writer, but the sloppiness of this production does him no credit.

Readers should also note that the latest reprint (2008) is 55% smaller than the original 2006 edition, virtually turning it into fieldguide-format (and presumably turning a better profit for the publisher?)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planets 4 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I agree with the person before that the photography is just brilliant. It could of done with more information with the Moons and stuff and more about the Atmosphere of the Planets and Moons and not just about what you can see on them. I wonder if they'll update it and publish another one when they'll reached gone beyond Pluto.
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