Friday Factoid Week 4

This week I studied what is known about Black Holes which are invisible so we can only learn about them by learning about what is going on around them. A lot of people think that stuff gets sucked into Black Holes but that is not true. Black Holes are invisible because light can not get out. This is because space and time are traveling toward the center at the same speed as light.

Stellar Black Holes form when huge stars collapse in on themselves. Super-massive Black Holes, like the one in the middle of our galaxy were formed at creation. Here are some videos you might enjoy.  This one is Christian and this one isn’t (Joel, age 13).



And here’s a flashback to what was going on in our Hawaiian homeschool 6 years ago this week.

Friday Factoid Week 3

Factoid #1:  All the darkness in space is not just emptiness. There is all this stuff called dark energy and dark matter. It is all vary confusing and mysterious as you will see in this amazing video (by Joel, 13).

Factoid #2:  We had our Back -2- School  Benediction  and watched the Imax Hubble movie outside with our friends. It shows  Orion Nebula and the star nursery with all the baby stars. The wind is blowing so fast it stunts the stars growth (by Nate, 11).

Factoid #3: On benediction night  we looked through our rad new telescope and  was able to spot the Sea of Tranquility where the rad astronauts landed (by Sam, 9).

And here’s a flashback  to what was going on in our Hawaii homeschool 6 years ago this week.  And here’s another just for fun!

Teacher’s Two-Cents: Back-2-School time just isn’t complete without a benediction on our year.  This year we gathered with other homeschooling families on the ball-field and circled up to pray over our students and teachers. Our scripture prayer was Deuteronomy 32:1-3,

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb.  For I will proclaim the name of the Lord; ascribe greatness to our God.”

We prayed that as teachers, our words would be gentle, nourishing, life giving words.  We prayed for our students, our children, that as our teaching fell on them as upon tender grass, that their own hearts would be moldable, pliable and tender to the things of the Lord.  And we prayed for our homes that they would be places of proclamation of the name of the Lord and that in all things we would ascribe greatness to our God.

Now, an even better part of Back-2-School time is Hartland’s Homeschool Family Camp which is happening RIGHT NOW!  No better way to kick things off than for your whole family to gather in the beautiful Sequoia forest of California’s Sierra Nevadas with tons of other home-schooling families to sit under the Word, worship with the Shaw Family Band, learn from amazing science teachers and participate in the myriad of outdoor activities this camp offers.  And moms, the best part for you is that once you’re here, there’s no cooking, no cleaning, no driving and no wifi.  Don’t worry if you missed out on this one, there’s another Hartland Homeschool Family Camp in May.  See you all there!


Friday Factoid Week 2

Wait!  Before we go any further. Can we just have a moment of silence for Pluto, who 12 years ago today left our solar system as a “Planet” and suffered the humiliating demotion to “dwarf planet,” thanks to some cranky members of the International Astronomical Union?  You can  leave your kind remembrances in the comments section of this post.

Factoid #1:  In  1968 NASA got sued for reading the bible from  the moon. Watch this rad  video of astronauts reading Genesis 1 (by Sam, 9).

Factoid #2: We saw Mars through our telescope. We watched a video called 7 Minutes of Terror about Curiosity ‘s risky landing in August 2012. NASA just sent a new space craft to Mars and it is exactly 1/2 way there (by Nate, 11).

Factoid #3: We got an Orion reflecting telescope and looked at the moon. We saw a bunch of craters and bumps, which led us to discover on-line that the moon has a massive lunar bulge on its surface caused by the earth’s strong gravitational pull on the moon (by Joel, 13).

Teacher’s Two-Cents:  Every couple of weeks we drive down into civilization for errands, appointments, music lessons and to visit Tom’s folks whom we love dearly and who, unlike ourselves, have internet and a TV.  The youtube videos linked above are evidence of our most recent wifi binge.  We didn’t include a link to the Netflix documentary I’m going to talk about now because I only recommend it for mature viewers.  The Furthest: Voyager in Space, stands in sharp contrast to the Apollo 8 Genesis Reading we linked above.  During the Apollo 8 mission, the astronauts came around the dark side of the moon and their first glimpse of the earth inspired them to read aloud on a live, televised broadcast the very words that are meant to come to all our minds when we view the world around us, “In the beginning, God created…”

But the Voyager mission seemed to be motivated by the opposite kind of response.  In this frenzied pursuit of human achievement, we were given a first-time close up look at 4 awe-inspiring planets.  And while people on earth reacted with wonder and surprise, the truth of Genesis 1 was noticeably absent from  the conversation.  Instead, the guiding principle of the mission seemed to be the possibility that there was other life somewhere in the universe and Voyager was our attempt to find it or be found.  The Golden Record encapsulated on the craft, and itself encapsulating music and images selected to best represent our own achievements on earth are still out there, waiting for some other beings to discover it and be amazed at us.  And while those associated with the Voyager mission seemed absolutely certain that it was possible for other forms of life to exist, they seemed equally certain of the impossibility of that other life being the God who made them and those planets they now stood in awe of.  The Golden Record of human achievement they sent out into the universe is merely a record of our own humanistic idolatry and foolish defiance.  The Voyager carries with it an offering of dross, despite its senders claims that it would in all likelihood out-live the planet it came from.

That’s my two-cents worth.

And  finally, here’s a flashback to what was going on in our Hawaiian homeschool 6 years ago this week.