Be a Sky Watcher

Be a Sky Watcher

It is not possible for you to observe a comet each night, but you can observe the moon and the stars. In this activity, you are going to observe the stars during the period of a week using only your eyes. Write down your observations and draw pictures in your science journal.
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Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

From Climate Change

How is weather different from climate? Weather can be described as day-to-day conditions. From a bright, sunny day to a snowy day, weather can change quickly. Climate, on the other hand, is made up of long-term weather patterns across many years. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of weather.

What If?

What If?

From The Space Race

The Space race ended with a walk on the moon. What might have happened if the Soviet Union had won the race? What might have happened if the U.S. space program had continued? Do some brainstorming and come up with some ideas!

Can You Spot Mercury?

Can You Spot Mercury?

From Planetary Science

Although it's one of the brightest objects in the sky, seeing the closest planet to the sun isn't easy. As seen from Earth, it never strays far from the sun's blinding glare. Many famous astronomers are rumored to have never seen the elusive planet.

Extract Your Own DNA

Extract Your Own DNA

From The Science of Science Fiction

In the movie Jurassic Park, biologists extract dinosaur DNA from mosquito-like bugs that were preserved for millions of years in amber. Today's scientists have not yet turned this fiction into fact, but you can easily see your own DNA in your own home.



Publishers Weekly
"Opening with a nearly 70-million-year timeline of notable events involving comets and asteroids, this guidebook, part of the expansive Explore Your World! series, smoothly blends history and science. Amid comics-style illustrations featuring a young astronaut and her robot, Yasuda clearly explains key astronomical concepts . . ." Read the complete review online.

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
Not just a book, an adventure! As you pick up and flip through Explore Comets and Asteroids! you begin to engage in a print experience that opens your eyes and mind to exploration in our galaxy and beyond . . ." Read the complete review online. 

Detailed Book Description

Have you ever wished on a shooting star? Explore Comets and Asteroids! With 25 Great Projects takes readers ages 7 to 10 on an amazing journey through space to investigate comets, asteroids, and lesser-known celestial objects using hands-on activities and investigative experiments.

  • Introduces readers to asteroids and comets, how they formed, where they are found, and how they have shaped the surfaces of planets and moons.
  • Readers learn about future plans for asteroids that include mining and as launching pads for deep space exploration.
Available In:
Hardcover, $19.95
Paperback, $14.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 96 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Space Science



Solar System Map

Let’s Explore Comets and Asteroids!

Chapter 1
All About Asteroids

Chapter 2
Investigating Asteroids

Chapter 3
Minerals, Mining, and Asteroids

Chapter 4
Curious About Comets

Chapter 5
Cool Comets

Chapter 6
Mysterious Meteors

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions