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Cosmic Collisions: Asteroid vs. Comet (Hardcover)

Cosmic Collisions: Asteroid vs. Comet By Marc J. Kuchner, Matt Schu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marc J. Kuchner, Matt Schu (Illustrator)
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What happens when two massive hunks of hurtling space debris slam into each other? Welcome to round one in the Cosmic Collisions series—an exciting children’s debut from an expert astrophysicist.

There’s a comet speeding in from the outer solar system, and it’s about to slam into an asteroid. Who will be left standing after this interplanetary smackdown? The pockmarked asteroid, a veteran fighter who’s already seen some action? Or the dazzling comet, with its incredible velocity and a tail that stretches millions of miles? Kicking off a dynamic series on cosmic collisions, Asteroid vs. Comet starts by comparing the two opponents, then offers hints and context to encourage readers to use real science to form a hypothesis. Action-packed full-color illustrations with a graphic, comic-book feel will attract reluctant readers and kids who love smash-and-crash along with budding scientists. Curious readers can find back matter addressing the question of fact versus fiction, how to become a citizen scientist, and comets and asteroids in the news.

About the Author

Dr. Marc Kuchner is an astrophysicist, author, and science communicator who has published more than 110 professional papers in peer-reviewed literature on topics including white dwarfs, gamma ray bursts, and supernovae, as well as articles for Astronomy Today, Physics World, and Scientific American. His debut book, Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times, was called by Neil deGrasse Tyson “the first of its kind.” Marc Kuchner is based in Rhode Island.

Matt Schu is the illustrator of Cut! How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation by C. E. Winters and My Cat Does Ballet by Robert Heidbreder. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and likes drawing trees, rocks, houses, and dark skies.

Praise For…

The language of boxing gives Kuchner a frame for introducing comet and asteroid attributes in this action- and information-packed science tome featuring an “incredible interplanetary smackdown”. . . . Sportscasting language builds suspense until a final sky-filling “KAPOW,”. . . . Laid out in a boxy textbook-inset style, Schu’s digital renderings have a comic-book vibe and appear alongside squares offering terminology definitions. It’s an exuberant book that packs an out-of-this-world punch.
—Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781536227352
ISBN-10: 1536227358
Publisher: MIT Kids Press
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2024
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Cosmic Collisions