So we’ve been celebrating International Astronomy Month pretty hard around here and as it comes to a close I wanted to share cool milestone for our blog. This month Ecuador became the 100th country to visit Godmadeknown!
This year we’ve been going through the book “Operation World”
and praying for each of the countries that our blog has reached. Praise the Lord for technology that can carry the Gospel to unreached places of the world! But more importantly, can you join us in praying for the real live people who are giving up everything and actually taking the good news of Jesus Christ to these countries? I can think of no better way to celebrate International Astronomy Month than in joining in prayer for others around the world to come to a saving faith in the Creator of all those amazing stars!
To celebrate International Astronomy Month we did a few activities from the Globe At Night website. Below are a couple of our submissions to the poetry contest. The first is by our little neighbor friend, Parker. The second is a limerick that Nate and I wrote together. He did the first stanza and I added the second.
Haiku by Parker (age 8)
I look up above and see
Jesse sees it too
A galaxy far away
Solar System Limerick by Nate (age 11) and Mrs. McEntee
Mercury is closest to the sun.
Venus is the second one.
Next comes Earth.
And Mars is fourth.
Moving out we’re half way done.
Jupiter is biggest of them all.
Saturn keeps her hoops on lest they fall.
But Pluto’s now been judged too small.
We also did some entries for the art contest.
Below is a Hubble Image of the Crab Nebula and an oil painting by Sam (age 9)
Next is a Hubble Image of SN 1006 Super Nova Remnant and an oil painting by Joel (14)
And in honor of this week’s release of the very first images of a Black Hole here is the photo everyone’s been talking about and an oil painting by Titus (age 15)
Our neighbor friends also did some artwork with us. Below is an oil pastel of the Veil Nebula by Benji (age 10) and the Black Eye Nebula by Sawyer (age 5).
Bravo to all our poets and artists! How are you celebrating International Astronomy Month?
First, to get a little back story on the rather sensitive nature of this week’s astronomy lesson, click here for a link to our Hawaiian homeschool 6 years ago.
Abraham Lincoln once said that just because you call a sheep’s tail a leg that doesn’t mean the sheep has 5 legs. Even though many astronomers say Pluto doesn’t fit their newly revised definition of a planet doesn’t mean it isn’t one. I think Pluto should still be considered the 9th planet because it does fit the requirements of a planet. It orbits the sun, has 5 moons, and is round. Actually it is sometimes the 8th planet, not the 9th, because its orbit brings it closer to the sun than Neptune at some points. Even members of Nasa’s New Horizons team which flew by Pluto in 2015 think it should reclassified. They discovered mountains on Pluto as high as 11,00 feet and other features indicating geological change and complexity. Our classification systems have proven to be faulty in the past and maybe Pluto is an example of that (by Titus, age 15).