One of the newest entries in DK’s Knowledge Encyclopedia series is Space! The Universe as You’ve Never Seen it Before. Beginning with content on the the solar system which covers not only the planets, but also such items as impact craters, asteroids, shooting stars and meteorites, readers are taken through chapters on: the stars and how they work; galaxies, including an explanation of the big bang; a section on exploring space; another on the night sky; and, a reference with glossary.
This is the kind of book which could easily become either a well-worn coffee table fixture or a go-to reference resource. With almost as many pictures as words, Space! both shows and tells us about the various topics. The information is definitely educational. Additionally, of interest to any collector of interesting facts is a plethora of tidbits such as these:
- Living organisms have been found in rock 3 miles (5 km) deep underground and in the air 10 miles (16 km) high in the atmosphere.
- Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active world in the entire solar system.
- The astronomer Galileo Galilei saw Neptune 234 years before its discovery but didn’t realize it was a planet.
- 100 watts–Oportunity’s power consumption, about the same as a household light bulb.
- Our sun will become a red giant in 5 billion years and may grow large enough to swallow Earth.
This tome covers its topics in glorious verbal and visual detail, using both the latest digital imaging technology, and including amazing computer-generated cutaways and photorealistic images. It is a worthwhile addition to any space enthusiast’s library.