Thursday, August 19, 2010

Super Stars


Super Stars: The Biggest, Hottest, Brightest, Most Explosive Stars in the Milky Way . . .
By David A. Aguilar
National Geographic, 2009. 48 pgs. Nonfiction.

A judicious mix of photographs and out-of-this world (you'll excuse the expression) astronomical art will draw young science types quickly and thoroughly into Aguilar's new book about all things STAR. The genesis of stars, their differing properties, and astral recycling form the scaffolding upon which Aguilar hangs his breathtaking artwork, fascinating facts, and a cool little feature that gives the names of the star, the constellation in which it may be found, its distance from earth, visibility (naked eye, binoculars, telescope), and where to find it in the seasonal sky. There is so much material here that it occasionally takes snake-eyed concentration to follow all the texts, charts, and illustrations to the point being made, but there's nothing wrong with that for kids who want to grow up to be rocket scientists, eh? A visual/informational treat.

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