Remember The Sun and Earth? Well, Neptune is by the same author (surprise, surprise) and is basically the exact same book, except… about… Neptune.
The chemical makeup of Neptune is discussed as well as its orbit, atmosphere, rings, and moons. Wonderful color photos allow readers to step into the world of outer space and view Neptune in all its blue splendor. Here are a few facts I learned from Neptune…
– Neptune’s surface contains two storm spots, the larger of which is big enough to swallow the entire planet Earth. :O
– Neptune’s largest moon, Triton, is the only large moon in the Solar System to orbit in the opposite direction of its planet.
– If Neptune were hollow, nearly forty-two Earths could fit inside.
– Pluto’s orbit is narrower than Neptune at some points, so for twenty years out of every 250, Neptune is actually the outermost planet.
[This book was written back when Pluto was still considered a planet by the scientific establishment and, of course, we millennials will always hold Pluto as a planet in our hearts. :D]
Conclusion. Not quite as good as The Sun and Earth, but still a nice addition to the series.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret