I have said it once or twice before – space fascinates me.
While I have no desire the fly to Mars or walk on the moon, I love learning about what makes up the outer reaches of our planet and solar system. Stars, meteorites, the moon. Beautiful. Fascinating.
In DK’s The Mysteries of the Universe, we get to learn more about the planets in our solar system such as Mars and Jupiter (“Jupiter’s day is only 10 hours long. It spins so quickly that its middle bulges out.”) But we also get to learn about things I didn’t know about such as an ancient snowman. Arrokoth lives in out outer solar system inside the Kuiper Belt. “What makes it so interesting is its great age – it’s roughly 4.5 billion years old.” Scientists are excited about it as they hope that by studying it, they will learn how our “planetary family formed.”
Each topic – from a Globular cluster, which contains at least 1.7 million stars, to the cosmic web (the cosmos have a texture similar to inside a sponge) offers a double page spread – a beautiful picture and a couple paragraphs of information with one fact standing out from the rest of the details.
And then there is the book itself – the front cover is stunning with stars and comets in gold with pictures of planets and galaxies in full colour; gold-trimmed pages; and a bookmark to hold your spot so you can go back and learn more later.
My only complaint is that page should have been glossy to help pop these amazing photographs.
A copy of The Mysteries of the Universe is courtesy of DK Books ($25.99) for an honest review. The opinions are my own.