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  • Published: 7 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781473532274
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

BBC: The Story of the Solar System




A dazzling infographic tour of the solar system, edited by Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock - the first in an exciting new series of BBC-branded reference guides to popular topics

Take a new look at the world around you.

What is a planet? Is there life on Mars? What makes Earth so special?

Questions about our Solar System have fascinated us for centuries. Based on the latest scientific research, The Story of the Solar System will help you see the planets around us in a whole new light. Using colourful and easy-to-follow infographics, each planet becomes a character with a story of its own to tell, from Jupiter the King of the Solar System to ice oddity Uranus and outlier planet-but-not-a-planet Pluto.

As Space Scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock shows us, the story of Earth is best understood as part of its larger family, and The Story of the Solar System will bring that family to life.

The BBC is the world's oldest and most recognised public service broadcaster, with a mission to enrich people's lives through programming that informs, educates and entertains. At the heart of that mission is great storytelling, and The Story Of guides use those tools to bring big subjects to life. With engaging infographics and illustration, accessible language and simple timelines, The Story Of will help you discover new worlds.

  • Published: 7 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781473532274
  • Imprint: BBC Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the author

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a scientist and broadcaster referred to as the BBC’s‘face of space’. Maggie is a pioneering figure in promoting science to the public and runs her own company engaging children and adults all over the world with the wonders of space science. Overcoming Dyslexia to study at Imperial College, she obtained her degree in Physics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked as a space scientist for many years on projects such as the James Webb Space telescope. While doing this she has toured the UK speaking to inner-city schools inspiring the next generation of physicists. In 2006 she was one of six ‘Women of Outstanding Achievement’ winners with GetSET Women and in 2009 she was awarded a Member of the British Empire for her services to science and education. As well as fronting The Sky at Night, Maggie has appeared in numerous programmes including Stargazing Live and Doctor Who Confidential. She is also an Honorary Research Associate at UCL's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and been awarded 5 honorary doctorates from universities across the country.

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