Landscapes of the Solar System


by Aina Bestard

We live in an amazing planetary system. From the yawning Valles Marineris on Mars and the subsurface ocean hiding beneath the ice crust of Jupiter’s moon Europa, to the eerily Earth-like terrain of Saturn’s moon Titan, the solar system brims with wonders. And let’s not forget the Sun, with its mysteriously hot corona and solar flares. 

This book is a trip to the Solar System through marvelous illustrations accompanied by a comprehensive text that helps the reader understand the amazing variety of landscapes within our planetary system. The planetary images and data provided by scientific instruments have contributed to our understanding of how and why planets evolve. 

Breathtaking illustrations bring views of different worlds of our Solar System to life in this engaging and accessible book created in conjunction with ALMA, the largest astronomical project in the world..

Aina Bestard  is an illustrator and textile designer who divides her time between Barcelona and Mallorca. As a little girl, her grandfather shared his artistic vocation with her by teaching her to draw. Bestard has studied graphic design and has worked for brands such as Miró Jeans, Women’s Secret, and Camper. Her beautifully illustrated children's books have been published around the world.

Books in her immensely successful What’s Hidden series have been published in more than a dozen countries, with over 200,000 copies in print. Titles include What’s Hidden in the Woods?, What’s Hidden in the Sky?, What’s Hidden in the Sea?, and What’s Hidden in the Body.  Her most recent book, Planet Life, has been translated into 10 languages since its publication in 2021. It has been awarded the Prix Sorcières 21, one of the most prestigious literary awards in France,  and Best Illustrated Book of 2020 by the Association of Booksellers of Northern Spain.  It was also a finalist for the 2021 Andersen Prize in Nonfiction.

Antonio Hales is a Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and Manager of the Array Performance Group at the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA). He works in astrophysics, and in the art-science interplay through music, sound, and literature. His research in astrophysics focuses on the question of the origins of planets.

ALMA, acronym for Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array, is the largest astronomical project in the world..


Publication Date | March 7, 2023 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding 80 Pages + 3 Page Inserts + 1 Gatefold

Color Illustrations Throughout

13.19 x 9.65 in.

$24.99 ($33.99 CAN)


Reading Age: 8 - 12 years

This book has been translated into the following languages:

Italian, Polish, German, Catalan, Spanish, French