Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers by Matthew Brenden WoodPlanetary Science: Explore New Frontiers by Matthew Brenden Wood

Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers

byMatthew Brenden WoodIllustratorSamuel Carbaugh

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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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. For many ancient cultures, planets were mysterious objects that moved against the backdrop of the heavens in strange but predictable patterns. Ever since Galileo Galilee first used a telescope to explore the moons of Jupiter, we've known that the planets are much more than mysterious points of light in the night sky. With the creation of incredible technologies such as space probes, giant ground-based telescopes, and Earth-orbiting observatories, we've learned that Mars once had water on its surface, that Jupiter's Great Red Spot has been churning for centuries, and that thousands of exoplanets circle distant suns. Planetary science is also exciting because of what we don't know. Was there ever life on Mars? Is Planet Nine lurking in the outer reaches of the solar system? Will we ever find another Earth? How far can we go? In Planetary Science, readers examine the latest information on Pluto, the discoveries of the Mars rover Curiosity, and the incredible catalog of distant planets uncovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. They learn about how planets are formed and why they travel on their orbits. Planets, those pinpricks of light you might spot on a clear night, come closer through informative illustrations, links to online primary sources, illuminating sidebars and fun facts, and hands-on, in-depth activities, such as building scale models of planets, hunting for alien worlds through citizen science, and crafting a comet in the kitchen. Planetary Science also promotes critical thinking skills through inquiry, discovery, and research by encouraging readers to explore questions that remain unanswered, such as whether Mars once had life or the possibility of a ninth planet hiding in the furthest reaches of the solar system. With discoveries being made almost every day, it's an exciting time to be a planetary scientist!

Matthew Brenden Wood, author of The Science of Science Fiction, is a math and science teacher with a passion for STEAM education. He is also an avid amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. Wood holds a bachelor's degree in astronomy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Sam Carbaugh has ill...
Title:Planetary Science: Explore New FrontiersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.31 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Nomad PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1619305712

ISBN - 13:9781619305717


Table of Contents

Map of the Solar System

Introduction: Studying Other Planets

Can You Spot Mercury?

Chapter 1 The Hot Planets: Mercury and Venus

Make Your Own Crater

Discovering Density

Chapter 2 The Cool Planets: Earth and Mars

Modeling the Inner Planets

Investigate the Hydrologic Cycle

Model the Earth-Moon System

Chapter 3 The Gas Giants: Jupiter and Saturn

Saturn's Rings

Investigate Tidal Forces

Inside Europa

Chapter 4 The Ice Giants: Uranus and Neptune

A Mission to the Ice Giants

Modeling the Outer Planet

Chapter 5 Dwarf Planets, Asteroids, and Comets

Scale Models of the Dwarf Planets

Asteroids Make Impact

Create Your Own Comet

Chapter 6 Exoplanets and Planet

Model an Alien Planet


Metric Conversions



Editorial Reviews

p>The Planetary Society: Recommended space books for kids 2017Planetary Science is essentially a planetary science textbook for middle-schoolers. It would be an excellent addition to a school library or a useful text for a science elective or independent study, with short, informative chapters containing discussion questions and ending with suggested activities. There are also cute little cartoon strips in which two school kids are taken on spaceship field trips to different planets by a hijabi astronomer, which is cool. The text is extremely up-to-date, featuring facts from Cassini, Rosetta, New Horizons, and Dawn, and there are even sections on "Planet 9" and exoplanets.