The Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe

Tim Peake, illustrated by Max Rambaldi

  • Tells the story of the Universe
  • Promotes understanding of science
  • Describes space adventure

Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to live in the International Space Station, is well placed to provide this adventure diary of our 13.8 billion year old Universe. After all, he has travelled farther into the Universe than most of us! With the help of some expert space characters – a particle physicist and two cosmologists – Peake sets out to answer some of the really big questions we keep asking about space and beyond. How is a star made? What is antimatter? What caused the Big Bang? What can you find inside a black hole? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe?

The story of the Universe is told in the format of its very own diary, which begins with the Big Bang and covers billions of years of the Universe’s existence up to today. The book also looks to the future. What will happen when the Sun runs out of fuel in 5 billon years’ time? With increasingly sophisticated technology and travel deeper and deeper into space, will we ever find alien life out there?

It’s sometimes difficult to get our heads around the incredible numbers and statistics connected to the Universe. Can there really be 2 trillion galaxies in the Universe? Was the temperature of the Universe 10 billion degrees Celsius just 1 second after its creation? The Cosmic Diary of our Incredible Universe is packed with information and memorable facts, and it also succeeds in explaining difficult and mind-blowing concepts. Graphic images in the form of illustrations, charts and diagrams help readers to get to grips with the book’s incredible content.

At the back are short but interesting biographies of trailblazing scientists who have contributed to our understanding of space, as well as some helpful online websites and an extensive glossary of space terms.

This is the first non-fiction book by real-life astronaut Tim Peake. It’s ideal for KS2+ who are bursting to know the answers to all those really big questions about our Universe.

Published by Wren & Rook, 2022 (224 pages)

Reviewed by Jane Walker