10-year-old author Jada Scott to give free talk at Shelby Bottom on Feb. 9

Jada Scott with legendary astronaut Dr. Rhea Seddon by Chuck Whiting.

Fifth-grade author/ speaker/visual artist Jada Scott will give an astronomy talk based on her new book, Talking Planets: The Night Problem, on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Nashville. The talk will run from 11 a.m. – 12 Noon at Shelby Bottom Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville, Tenn. 37206.

“It feels great to release my first book,” said Jada. “It’s good to know I am helping my community learn about space-based facts.”

The 10-year-old student has dreamed of writing a book ever since she visited the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Alabama. In her first book, the talented author and visual artist takes readers on an adventurous journey through the solar system aboard her red, white and purple rocket. She brings the sun, nearby planets, the moon, and even a black hole to life with insightful facts and original artwork.

“I aspire to work for NASA as a rocket ship designer/engineer when I grow up,” said Jada. “In addition to my love for science, I enjoy art and creating solar system models. I enjoy learning about science and planets, so I thought the book would give other kids a way to learn what I learned.”

While reading “Talking Planets,” space travelers learn what it would be like to visit our sun and planetary neighbors. Here are a few of her observations: Mercury is blazing hot on one side and freezing cold on the other.

Meanwhile, Venus reaches a high temperature of 864 degrees, way too hot for a long stay. Astronauts on her rocket learn that Mars is pestered by a chaotic asteroid belt while being menaced by passing spaceships with bright cameras. By the time her rocket reaches Jupiter, space travelers are itchy from all of the storms they observe in the Great Red Spot.

At the end of her book, Jada invites readers of all ages to join her on a space bus for more exploration. She created a mixed media image of her bus with metal markers and paper.

The future rocket scientist used pencil to develop the concepts for another two-dozen original illustrations, including the rocket, sun and planets. Readers even get to meet a NASA engineer.

“It is important because it is good to know where our Earth came from and its surrounding planets,” the fifth grader added. “Without the solar system, the Earth would not be the way it is. For example, without the Sun, we would freeze to death and without the Moon, our seasons would not be correct. My book represents an easier way to understand planets and the solar system so all ages can understand and enjoy it.”

Attendees of the event will enjoy a talk, book reading, and PowerPoint presentation. Admission is free. For more information about Jada Scott’s book, “Talking Planets,” visit www.TalkingPlanetsBook.Blogspot.com, www.Facebook.com/TalkingPlanetsBook and www.Twitter.com/Talking1Planets. The book, which is published by In Due Season Publishing, which retails for $10.95, is available at www.Amazon.com and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.