Category: Friday’s Factoid

Friday’s Factoid 2 (by Titus and Joel)


This week we got to see the International Space Station fly over Hawaii. I saw it first coming over the ocean. It looked just a like a big, bright star moving really fast (Joel).

The Space Station is flying over 17,000 miles per hour and is about 220 miles above the earth. It is as big as a football field. 6 astronauts are there right now but 3 will be coming back to Earth on Sunday (Titus).


Teacher’s Two Cents (by mom)

So was it worth getting the whole family up before dawn and wandering groggily out onto the golf course to get a clear view of this man-made object? I say, “definitely yes” and the boys all agree. They loved the adventure of it but I’m just a big fan of anything that helps put what we’re learning into a solid context. The Germans make a distinction between Kennenlernen and Wissenschaft. The latter follows the usual method of gathering facts about a particular subject while the former involves using whatever means possible to really get to know that subject like you would another person. So we got to get to know the ISS a little better this week and had a grand adventure to boot!

Friday’s Factoid 1 (by Titus and Joel)


The planet with the shortest day is Jupiter which rotates in only 10 hours. The planet with the longest year is Neptune which takes 60,188 days to revolve around the sun.

But Venus takes 243 days just to rotate on it’s axis and only 225 days to revolve around the sun. That means Venus’s day is longer than it’s year!

Teacher’s Two Cents (by Mom)

2 Peter 3:8 says that “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” I guess that’s also true on Venus!
Of course there have been days that have felt like a thousand years to me here on earth, too. And more than one year has flashed by like a day.