Tag: asteroids

Friday’s Factoid 15 (by Titus and Nathan)

We are learning about space rocks. NASA had a contest to name a big asteroid that some people are afraid will hit the earth in a 170 years. Mom said they should name it Angst because it makes people scared but I thought they should name it Petros which means rock since that is all it is. Here is a picture of my asteroid (Titus, 9).
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There is a new comet that we might get to see this year. It needs a name too but there isn’t a contest. I think it should be named Pit because when comets hit planets they leave a big pit. This comet will be the brightest comet ever. I drew a picture of it (Nathan, 5).
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Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
In our study of asteroids this week, we came across a term that I had not heard before: “albedo,” which refers to an object’s surface reflectivity. The particular asteroid we were looking at (the one with no name) reflected only about 3% of the light hitting it as compared to our moon’s albedo of 12%, the Earth’s 37%, or Venus’s 65%. I got to thinking about some of the people in my life who just really seem to reflect Jesus more than others. It’s the same light shining on all of us but what is it that gives some people a more luminous “albedo” than others? What about my own surface needs to be polished in order to reflect more of Christ’s light? “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
Question of the day: What’s your albedo?