by Raman Prinja, illustrated by Chris Wormell
Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the comfort of your own home. Planetarium features all aspects of space, from the Sun and our Solar System, to the lives of stars, the Milky Way and the Universe beyond.
Chair of the judges, Professor Sheila Rowan FRS, said: “The illustrations in this book are fantastic and they really capture the vast scale of space – you get to see inside Neptune, the life cycle of stars, and learn about exoplanets. The writing is clear, informative, and a pleasure to read, with descriptions that draw you in. I can really imagine Planetarium inspiring young people about the wonders of the universe.”
Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, where he specialises in massive stars, star formation and the evolution of galaxies. He is a multiple winner of UCL faculty and department teaching awards and is keen to bring the subject of astronomy to a wider audience. He has written several successful books on the subject, including Night Sky Watcher which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize in 2015.
Chris Wormell is a self-taught engraver and celebrated printmaker. He creates his timeless illustrations using wood engraving and linocut, as well as digital engraving working with tablet and computer. Chris has written and illustrated many children's books and most recently gained recognition for the cover illustration of the award-winning bestselling H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald, as well as for Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One.