Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers
The Science of Science Fiction
Alien civilizations, artificial intelligence, time travel–is there any truth in these exciting ideas? In The Science of Science Fiction, readers ages 12–15 explore the science behind classic and modern science fiction stories, many of which inspired today's inventors and innovators.$17.95 - $22.95
Cool Women in Space
Head outside and look up. What do you see? At night you might see stars, the moon, the Milky Way, and planets! During the day all these things will still be there, but they'll be hidden by the bright light of the sun. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects and what's beyond the nebulous$9.95 - $19.95
Explore Comets and Asteroids!
With 25 Great Projects
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.$14.95 - $19.95
A Gazillion Suns
The Universe is full of hundreds of billions of twinkling stars. For thousands of years, humans have used stars to tell stories, navigate, and make wishes. But what is a star made of? How long will its light last? In The Stars: A Gazillion Suns, the character of the Universe takes us on a journey among$9.95 - $19.95
School Library Connections
"This well-written informational book provides readers with accurate, up-to-date planetary facts, vocabulary, primary sources, projects, interesting sidebars, QR codes, and more. Perfect as a reference book for school projects or to satisfy planet enthusiasts, this book's expository text is organized in a readable, highly engaging style. The text structure, which includes a solid introduction and six chapters, is easy to navigate with consistent headings and page design throughout the book. At the end of each chapter, readers will explore vocabulary in the Vocab Lab and can complete an investigation or experiment, which come complete with detailed instructions and a QR code for additional help. Inquiry is promoted and encouraged throughout each chapter. Illustrations include photographs, diagrams, and drawings. Helping to engage readers is a brief comic-style story that continues throughout the book with the characters focused on each chapter's content. This book is a great addition to any school or classroom library. Additional Resources. Glossary. Index. Recommended"
National Science Teachers Association Recommends
" . . . This book from the Inquire & Investigate series from Nomad Press is directed at the middle grades, and combines easy to read text with color diagrams and photographs. In short comic strips (two or three per chapter) the book provides a tour of the solar system led by Dr. Fathima Abadi, a female astronomer. It's encouraging to find a book that depicts a woman scientist as its guide without drawing attention to her gender... Overall, this is an affordable overview of planets in our solar system." Read the complete review online.
Lyle Tavernier, STEM education specialist, space educator
"The solar system is a vast place. For the budding space enthusiast looking to take a deeper dive into the oceans of Saturn's moons or explore beyond Neptune into the Kuiper belt, Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers is a great resource. Matthew Brenden Wood has created a book filled with facts that will help shed light on some of the lesser-known, but fascinating, parts of the solar system. It might even inspire young scientists to pursue a career in planetary science!"
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Detailed Book Description
What do you see when you look up into the sky at night? The moon, stars, maybe even a comet or asteroid? You can also see other planets! In Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers, readers ages 12 to 15 embark on a journey through the solar system and beyond, exploring planets, moons, dwarf planets, exoplanets, and everything in-between.
- The dwarf planet Pluto has recently been explored for the first time, returning amazing and unexpected information that sparks the curiosity of children hearing about previously unexplored lands.
- Science classes for this age group discuss the images and test results being relayed from rovers on Mars.
- Planetary science combines the STEM fields of astronomy, geology, physics, and chemistry.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Map of the Solar System
Studying Other Planets
The Hot Planets: Mercury and Venus
The Cool Planets: Earth and Mars
The Gas Giants: Jupiter and Saturn
The Ice Giants: Uranus and Neptune
Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, and Comets
Exoplanets and Planet