The Solar System
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The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids

By Delano Lopez  
Illustrated by Jason Slater
Look up! That’s a lot of space out there! In The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids, young readers explore the comets, meteors, asteroids, sun, planets, and moons that make up our solar system. Hands-on science projects, essential questions, links to primary sources, and more get kids excited about learning what’s deep in the sky.

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“. . . this book is a great introduction to our neighborhood – and beyond.”

Richard Binzel, Professor of Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Perfect for the curious explorer who is eager to learn by reading and to learn by doing creatively inspired activities. A thoroughly engaging gateway into science, revealing what we know about our solar system and the ongoing mysteries yet to be resolved. Sure to inspire a new generation of space explorers.”

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“Both the history and the future of the field are explained in easy-to-understand detail. Even if the projects were removed, the book would be an excellent text on astronomy.”

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Look up! What do you see? The sun, moon, stars, other planets? You’re checking out the solar system!

The Solar System: Out of This World with Science Activities for Kids invites middle school kids on a journey of a lifetime to explore the comets, meteors, asteroids, sun, planets, and moons that make up the solar system. Kids learn about the history of space exploration and discovery, along with the tools of astronomy that have made it possible to study celestial objects even outside our own solar system. While space seems far away, and really, it is, The Solar System brings it closer to the classroom with fun facts and engaging language kids will find exciting!

Space has been fascinating to humans since we first looked up, and that sense of wonder is still very much a part of a young astronomer’s experience. As the tools of space exploration become more and more sophisticated, the farther reaches of outer space become accessible to everyone back on Earth. Photos from the rovers on Mars, images of Pluto from New Horizons spacecraft, communications from Comet 67P via the Philae comet probe all bring the solar system up close and personal for anyone with an internet connection.

The Solar System includes hands-on STEM activities and critical thinking exercises related to astronomy and space exploration. Fun facts, links to online primary sources and other supplemental material, and essential questions encourage readers to take a deep dive toward the outer limits of our home!

Try these hands-on astronomy projects!

  • Build a solar-wind-powered spacecraft
  • Design a rail launcher
  • Conduct a greenhouse experiment
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Space Science


Solar System Map


Our Solar System

Chapter 1
The Big Bang and the Birth of Stars

Chapter 2
Meet the Planets

Chapter 3
Earth's Moon

Chapter 4
Beyond Planets and Stars

Chapter 5
From Ancient Astronomy to Telescopes

Chapter 6
Sending Spacecraft to Space

Chapter 7
Future Space Exploration

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions