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Explore the Universe

explore the universe and outer space


Books about the Universe and Outer Space


For thousands of years, people have grappled with the mysteries of the sky. We are wondering, are we alone in the universe? Modern observatories enable Astronomers to study the universe. They have discovered that the universe is more magnificent than acient Astronomers ever dreamed possible.


This highly illustrated, 10-volume series explores the origin of the universe and tours stars, galaxies, and other fascinating celestial objects beyond the solar system. Explore the Universe, together with Explore the Solar System, covers astronomy curriculums from early elementary to high school. Explore the Universe was “recommended” by Library Media Connection, which praised the series’ “exemplary design and content.”


Volumes in Explore the Universe discuss the structure and composition of the universe; physical characteristics of black holes and other celestial objects; theories about the origin of the universe; and tools and techniques for studying celestial objects.


Explore the Universe Titles include:

The Universe—A Cosmic Tour (on the origin of matter and the possible fate of the universe);

The Universe—Mysteries and Marvels (on the origin of the universe);

Stars—The Inside Story;

Stars—Birth and Death;


The Milky Way;

Alien Planets;

Quasars and Black Holes;

Observatories on Earth;

Observatories in Space.


Each volume is presented in an easy-to-follow question-and-answer format. Many spreads include a “Did You Know?” feature that offers an interesting and little-known fact about objects and forces in the universe. In addition to large, colorful images, the volumes feature numerous illustrations and diagrams that explain scientific techniques used to study the origin of the universe and celestial objects and that supplement astronomy curriculums in major English-speaking markets for all target grades.

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Alien Planets: Explore strange planets beyond the solar system, from massive rocky worlds to gas giants, and learn about the search for alien life.

Galaxies: Explore the islands of stars that fill the universe, stretching from our nearest galactic neighbors to ancient giants at the edges of space and time.

The Milky Way: Explore our galaxy from the monstrous black hole at its center to its swirling, starry arms and peer into its violent future.

Observatories on Earth: Explore the history of stargazing from Earth and learn how telescopes transformed familiar lights in the night sky into unimagined wonders.

Observatories in Space: Explore the exciting history of orbiting telescopes and learn how their breathtaking views of deep space have revolutionized astronomy.

Quasars and Black Holes: Explore some of the most mysterious objects in space?powerful black holes that extinguish light and intense quasars that outshine an entire galaxy.

Stars—The Inside Story: Explore different types of these amazing balls of light and learn why they shine.

Stars—Birth and Death: Explore how stars are born in great clouds of gas and dust, and why they sometimes die in violent explosions.

The Universe—A Cosmic Tour: Explore the origins of space and time, mysterious forms of matter and energy, and the ultimate fate of the universe.

The Universe—Mysteries and Marvels: Explore time travel, extra dimensions, hidden universes, and other cosmic curiosities.

Key Features

  • Two-page spreads present questions and answers
  • Hundreds of striking photographs, illustrations, charts, and graphs
  • Fascinating information about celestial bodies and phenomena
  • A glossary in every volume
  • Boldface emphasis on key content words in the main text
  • List of additional print and website resources
  • An index in every volume
  • Contents reflect state and provincial learning standards

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Readability Studies


“Students are the intended audience, but anyone interested in learning more about astronomy and our universe will find this set useful.”

American Reference Books Annual 2011


“The exemplary design and content of this reference set will appeal to young learners, especially visual learners. This set is recommended for all school and public libraries.”

Library Media Connection, January/February 2011

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