Can You Spot Mercury?

Can You Spot Mercury?

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.
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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!

Be a Sky Watcher

Be a Sky Watcher

From Explore Comets and Asteroids!

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.

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.



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!"


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.
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Space Science


Map of the Solar System

Studying Other Planets

Chapter 1
The Hot Planets: Mercury and Venus

Chapter 2
The Cool Planets: Earth and Mars

Chapter 3
The Gas Giants: Jupiter and Saturn

Chapter 4
The Ice Giants: Uranus and Neptune

Chapter 5
Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, and Comets

Chapter 6
Exoplanets and Planet

Metric Conversions