STEAM | 15 September 2015A Journey Through Space: Asteroids Share article facebook twitter google pinterest We all know a young child who is obsessed with outer space. Maybe it’s the draw of the mysterious…the excitement of space exploration…the unknown future of life on other planets… Whatever the attraction is, it pulls kids to the study of outer space like gravity pulls us all to Earth. Many school curricula realize this and therefore focus on different facets of space throughout a child’s years of study. Even as adults, we might reflect fondly on memories of constructing a model of the planets out of those fun Styrofoam spheres. Or we might still remember that helpful acronym: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles (the Nine Pizzas had to be changed to reflect Pluto’s demotion to simply a dwarf planet). A Journey Through Space takes that simple model further. It doesn’t just cover the planets we all know and love, but progresses to discuss comets, constellations, and even asteroids, just to name a few. Often misunderstood, asteroids are actually minor planets. Excerpted from Journey Through Space Asteroids As well as planets, there are also smaller objects going around the Sun. They are called asteroids. Most of them are between Mars and the next farthest planet, Jupiter. If you’re unsure what an asteroid actually looks like, A Journey Through Space makes an interesting comparison—lumpy potatoes! You might be thinking this is this author’s interpretation alone, but even NASA agrees! Visit their website for a recipe for “asteroids” made of mashed potatoes. What budding astronomer or astronaut wouldn’t want to enjoy a celestial body he or she could eat? We may know that asteroids are considered small planets, but the book’s description proves they are anything but small. Excerpted from A Journey Through Space The biggest asteroid is Ceres, which is almost 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) long. Next in size is Vesta, which is about half as big. The smallest asteroids are only the size of cars. “Only the size of cars”?? That would be a lot of mashed potatoes! Check out A Journey Through Space to learn even more about not just asteroids, but the many interesting pieces that make up the puzzle that is outer space. If you have a young sky-gazer in your life, let this text be their guide on a truly wonderful journey through space. A Journey Through Space Author: Roger Parker Illustrator: John Haslam Format: Hardcover, 48 Pages ISBN: 9781609928285 Age Range: 6 to 8 Publisher: QEB Publishing Series: A Journey Through Published: Oct. 9, 2015 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.