The Solar System Review

The Solar System: Exploring the Sun, Planets and Their Moons

By Robert Harvey

I received a free copy of The Solar System from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Featuring 200 spectacular and unusual images, The Solar System is an exhilarating exploration of the mysteries of our local planetary space.
With images selected by acknowledged expert Robert Harvey, The Solar System begins by examining the Sun, the center of the solar system, and proceeds outwards to the planets that are furthest from the Sun—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. The book also includes chapters on asteroids, comets, and smaller planets. Readers will gain expert insight into Venus, the hottest planet, with surface temperatures of up to 752°F; Mars, known as the “Red Planet” because of the large quantities of iron oxide (rust) in its soil; Ceres, the solar system’s largest asteroid and also a dwarf planet, with a diameter of just under 621 miles; and giant Saturn, whose core is surrounded by a layer of metallic hydrogen and is encircled in a gaseous outer atmosphere. 

Summary from Goodreads.

Looking up at the stars allows you to see many stars, planets, moons, astroids and comets. But what we can see with the naked eye is but a small fraction of what is out there, and we are able to see out closest neighbours in more detail with a little help. The Solar System is a coffee table book that collects stunning images from various masses in our small part of the galaxy and shows them to us with descriptions around how these images came to be and what mission that they were collected from.

8 main chapters that focus on seperate parts of our solar system. We start with The Sun, the start making our way outwards with chapters on Mercury & Venus; Earth & Moon; Mars, Jupiter and its Moons; Saturn and its Moons; Uranus & Neptune, Dwarf Planets, Astroids & Comets. Each chapter has numerous photographs of the chapters object, and each image comes with some form of description around it. Not only that, explained is how these objects came to be and still exist (in an easy to understand way, no need for a physics degree here). Each mission that the photos were captured from are indexed at the end of the book if you are interested in a certain mission and want to look into it or its photographs more.

I cannot received this book enough. The Solar System has managed to select but a few of the numerous images of these celestial bodies that exist and I am sure glad that they are all easy to access here in this book.


Have you read The Solar System? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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