Pluto now qualifies as a Dwarf Planet. Besides Pluto there are other dwarf planets and possibly more to be named in the future. With up-to-date information on recent discoveries it answers questions such as:What is a Dwarf Planets?How far is Pluto from the sun?How many earth days does it take for Pluto to orbit the sun?Contents:Planets and Dwarf PlanetsThe Solar SystemCeresPlutoErisExploring Dwarf PlanetsDwarf Planets Fact SummaryGlossaryIndexIt is part of a series making astro
The distinction between planets and dwarf planets is explored in this fascinating volume. It discusses the most recent scientific discoveries along with the mysteries and questions they raise. Amazing illustrations make this book beautiful as well as informative.
Pluto, once considered the ninth planet in our solar system, is now classified as one of the largest dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt. But what is a dwarf planet? And what is the Kuiper Belt? This engaging book answers these questions while exploring the unique features of Pluto, its moon Charon, and other major dwarf planets like Eris and Ceres.
Pluto is too big to be an asteroid and too small to be a planet, so scientists call it a dwarf planet. It’s so far away from the sun that it gets no warmth at all, so it’s covered in a thick layer of ice. Readers learn fun facts such as these as they explore the world of our solar system’s dwarf planets. Informative diagrams, full-color photographs, and accessible text help readers discover more about Pluto and the other dwarf planets in our solar system.
Peering through a telescope, you are likely to encounter a host of celestial bodiesanything from another planet to a cometspeckling the night sky. Careful observation has shown that while each object follows a unique orbit or trajectory, these entities also share numerous qualities and together provide critical information about space and the universe as a whole. This engaging volume surveys the characteristics of the diverse objects that make up the solar system as well as their distinguishing features.
More space objects have been found beyond Pluto, in a region known as the Kuiper Belt. In 2003, Eris was discovered. Its existence was confirmed in January 2005. It was found to be larger than Pluto and was put forward as a tenth planet in our solar system. This caused much debate among astronomers. Are there more, larger objects in our solar system? How many? Are they all to be considered planets? If not, then what does this mean for Pluto? On August 24, 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) came up with a scientific definition of the word “planet”. Pluto did not fit these new rules. It was downgraded to “dwarf planet”. The IAU is reluctant to consider any more than eight planets in our solar system. All other planet-like bodies are to be known as “dwarf planets”. How much do you know about these dwarf planets? Do you know: What is a plutoid? How many official dwarf planets are there in our solar system? Are all the dwarf planets out beyond Pluto? How big does an object need to be to qualify as a dwarf planet? What other rules must an object meet to be classified as a dwarf planet? Find out the answers to these questions and more and amaze your family and friends with these fun facts. Ages 8 and up. All measurements in American and metric. LearningIsland.com believes in the value of children practicing reading for 15 minutes every day. Our 15-Minute Books give children lots of fun, exciting choices to read, from classic stories, to mysteries, to books of knowledge. Many books are appropriate for hi-lo readers. Open the world of reading to a child by having them read for 15 minutes a day.
In Dwarf Planets: Pluto and the Lesser Planets, students will learn about the five discovered dwarf planets in our solar system and make observations about orbital patterns, new discoveries, and more. Filled with fun facts, young learners will love exploring the scientific information and drawing conclusions about life now and in the future. The Inside Outer Space series takes readers on an intergalactic journey that unravels the mysteries of the universe. Each 24-page book informs readers in grades K–3 on the Sun, Earth, planets, and stars, while also igniting imaginations about the unknown. Stunning photographs and diagrams engage readers, while text-based questions aid in reading comprehension
Did you know that Pluto is so far from the Sun that if you stood on its surface, the Sun would look like a bright, twinkling star, and nothing like the giant, shining Sun that we see from Earth? Or that scientists didn't even know that the largest dwarf planet, Eris, existed until 2005? These and dozens of other fascinating facts provide a perfect high-interest introduction to the newest lineup of objects in the solar system, Pluto and the Dwarf Planets. Filled with information perfectly suited to a second-grade audience, this accessible, high-impact book combines solid science, technology, and even math with up-to-the-minute information, odd and often quirky facts, and astounding space photography. It also provides plenty of surprises and teachable moments that will draw young children into a rewarding, kid-friendly reading experience.