Natural Satellites

The Book of Moons

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

For centuries, astronomers have placed a special interest on the other planets of the solar system. But with the advent of spacecraft and the tremendous missions undertaken by the Voyager and Cassini probes, astronomers have discovered that the natural satellites of the planets—the solar system’s moons—are some of the most extraordinary places imaginable. There are moons with towering geysers, erupting volcanoes, and subterranean oceans of warm, mineral-rich water. Some of the highest mountains and deepest canyons can be found on the moons. There are moons that have shattered into pieces and then reassembled. There is even a moon where it rains rocket fuel.

Recently, scientists have turned to the moons for answers in their investigations of the origins of the solar system and the evolution of life on our own planet. Featuring full-color, scientifically accurate illustrations by NASA artist Ron Miller, Natural Satellites: The Book of Moons chronicles these investigations and the questions we have yet to answer in our exploration of the solar system’s moons.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2021-04-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050020, YAN050070, YAN050120
Dewey 523.9/8
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1160
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Original artwork, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author, Illustrator: 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.



“The concise, crystal clear writing is supplemented by photography, photorealistic illustrations, and diagrams . . . an excellent resource for teen selenophiles.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“An illuminating journey through the moons of our solar system, presenting goals for future space exploration.”—Kirkus Reviews