Stardust from Space

Monica Grady

Illustrated by Lucia deLeiris

A beautifully illustrated book looking at the lifecycle of stardust, the stuff that makes stars, planets , comets, meteorites and asteroids.

978 1 845 07570 5
January 2007
276 x 248 mm
32 pp
Colour throughout
Natural History Museum


Look up at the night sky, away from city lights and watch as the stars appear. These pinpricks of light are giant balls of burning gas millions and millions of kilometres away. So far away that it takes the light thousands of years to reach us.

This book looks at stardust in space - the substance that made the planets and that built the moon, the stars, the comets, the meteorites and the asteroids. Published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, it looks at what this dust is and where its journey started.


Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University and former head of the petrology and meteoritics division in the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum. 

She co-authored Museum books Search for Life and Meteorites 2nd ed, and has also co-authored Catalogue of Meteorites and Meteorites: Flux with Time and Impact Effects.


Find out what others think of this book.

"Budding cosmologists will enjoy this tale of the creation of a solar system. We follow the cycle of stardust as it clumps together to form a star and planets before getting blasted back out to space in a supernova to be the stuff of new stars and planets. It is light in content, but the stunning paintings and the fact that meteorites contain stardust from the beginning of our solar system will capture a young child's imagination, as will the idea that our sun is headed for a certain future as a red giant, then a white dwarf, then oblivion."

Vivienne Greig - New Scientist

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