Seven Wonders of the Gas Giants and Their Moons

From the Series Seven Wonders

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

From earliest times, humans have wondered about the sky above them. Simple telescopes in the 1600s made possible descriptions of the wonders of Earth’s Moon and the closer planets. It took the development of powerful telescopes and modern space probes to learn more about the more distant planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
In this book, we’ll explore seven wonders of these four enormous planets—called the gas giants—and their moons. On Saturn, we’ll examine its amazing rings and their properties. On Jupiter, we’ll investigate the Great Red Spot—a gigantic storm about twice the size of Earth that has lasted for centuries.
We’ll also explore a moon of Jupiter with erupting volcanoes, a moon of Uranus covered with one of the weirdest landscapes in the solar system, a huge crater on a tiny moon of Saturn, as well as planet auroras much more spectacular than Earth’s northern lights. We’ll also consider how the discovery of water on Jupiter’s moon Europa may mean that life is possible in other worlds.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 523.4
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline

Author: Ron Miller

Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. Many of his illustrations appear in magazines like Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps. (One of his stamps is attached to a spacecraft headed for the planet Pluto!) He has also written short stories and novels and has even created a comic book.


  • Science Books & Films Best Books, Winner, 2012


The Horn Book Guide

“In these well-organized volumes, Miller covers the basics of planetary science and star formation in addition to looking more closely at interesting elements of the bodies in the solar system (e.g., rings of Saturn, mountains on Mars). Sharp color-enhanced images and artist renderings portray planetary and stellar features for astronomy buffs.” —The Horn Book Guide

Science Books & Films

“The book is packed with good, accurate information and is a quite complete presentation despite its small size. I enthusiastically recommend this title highly.” —Science Books & Films


“This book is highly recommended for the capable and/or talented reader in middle school, and up through high school. The text is readable but the content is deep and the information is wide–ranging and detailed. It would provide many anecdotes and interesting detail for the teacher who gives mini–lectures as well.” —NSTA


“‘People love to make lists of the biggest and the best,’ begins each of these four awe-inspiring volumes in the Seven Wonders series, each of which introduces readers to outer space in targeted volumes with an intriguing ‘greatest hits’ approach…. Great choices for classroom use or personal reading.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Both newly starstruck readers and confirmed students of the heavens will find plenty to marvel over in these volumes.” —School Library Journal