Solar System Tour Guide!


“The Seven Wonders of the Solar System” by David Aguilar, is more a tour guide on pages than it is a book. It tells you about Mars, Europa, Saturn’s rings, the moon Titan, Pluto and Charon, Planet Nine, and the Earth and moon. It is very interesting.

Mars, even with its deceiving red color, is colder than Earth. On a hot day at the equator, temperatures reach 70 degrees fahrenheit. The night is when it drops. The temperature plummets to -100 degrees fahrenheit. No wonder nothing lives there. Mars is currently like Earth with no water, just dust. However, there are signs that water was there at one point, for example, Martian canyons, and signs of water erosion in the rock.

Europa. Europa is one of Jupiter’s moons, and under a humongous sheet of ice, is an ocean that covers the moon. This body of water alone, is bigger and deeper than all of Earth’s oceans put together. WOW! On Europa’s surface, any living thing would would pretty much be vaporized because of nearby Jupiter’s huge amounts of radiation. Europa has the biggest body of water in our whole solar system. It is half the size of Earth with twice the water.

Saturn’s ice rings are made up of chunks of ice ranging from the size of a meteor to smaller than a speck of dust. The gravitational pull keeps the five layers tucked together nicely. They just drift in sections multiple miles wide.

This was such a good book that when my grandpa casually picked it up for some random reading at a Boy Scout trip, he had read the whole thing by the time the trip was over the next day. I recommend this tour book for ages 8 and above, or really anyone interested in astronomy. I wish that I could tell you about the other 4 wonders, but I do not have enough room. I guess you’ll just have to read the book yourself!