Spring 2024

Casting Shadows

Solar and Lunar Eclipses with The Planetary Society ®

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

The year 2024 is set to have multiple solar and lunar eclipses.

Solar and lunar eclipses are sights to behold. But you don’t see them every day! Learn about the different kinds of eclipses. Then discover when they happen, how to watch them, and the cool things that can happen during an eclipse.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Physical Science, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand The Planetary Society ®
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051040, JNF051180, JNF024080
Dewey 523.9/9
Dimensions 7 x 9
Guided Reading Level P
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Introductory note, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Table of contents

Author: Bruce Betts, PhD

Dr. Bruce Betts is Chief Scientist and LightSail Program Manager for The Planetary Society, the world's largest space interest group. Dr. Betts is a planetary scientist who earned a B.S. in physics and math and an M.S. in Applied Physics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science with a minor in Geology from Caltech. He spent several years with San Juan Institute/Planetary Science Institute as a Research Scientist, and later Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Betts is the author of Astronomy for Kids: How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes! He regularly writes for The Planetary Society member magazine The Planetary Report, and on his blog on planetary.org.

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“Using simple, straightforward language, vocabulary words defined within the text, and clear, helpful illustrations, Bill Nye and the Planetary Society invite young readers to learn about solar and lunar eclipses.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Bill Nye’s opening note is only the first incredible detail that will captivate the attention and imagination of young readers. . . Perfect for intermediate science lessons and a useful update for existing library collections; the large format images make it especially appealing.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[I]mpressively clear and efficient—the level of detail will satisfy advanced readers, while the digestible format will be welcoming to reluctant or hard-to-please readers. The author’s enthusiasm shines through clearly and is contagious. Sure to excite a new generation of stargazers and scientists.”—Kirkus Reviews