Tag: comets

July Fly-by

We started the month celebrating a somber 4th of July. Why did it feel more like a funeral than Independence Day? Could it be that here in California we’re all basically under house arrest? Except for our convicted criminals. They’re being let out of jail by the thousands. Anyway, I thought Titus’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner fit the mood. Here’s the link.

Joel and Nathan got to take a road trip with their Opa up to Idaho to visit cousins. Besides an amazing show of hospitality by Tom’s middle brother and his family, Joel finally got some good catfish-ing under his now 15-year-old belt.

My IG Birthday greeting to this remarkable boy read like this:

“Happy Birthday to my fish catching, game hunting, piano playing, fly tying, snowcave sleeping, omelette flipping, anything high climbing, board shredding, highest peak in the lower 48 summiting, Gospel sharing, bike jumping, poker winning, truth loving, schoolwork dodging, gun toting, arrow sending, Bible thumping, trouble making, thrill seeking, wilderness surviving, double daring, son Joel. And that just describes the first 2 years of your teens. I can’t imagine what God has in store for you in the years to come. He obviously custom made you for adventure.”

Unfortunately, he and Titus have been unemployed since March. Tom, thankfully still has a job, but the camp being shut down for 5 months has obviously been a hardship. Keeping a houseful of 3 teenage boys, and 2 that might as well be, busy and in order with no work, no school, no camps, and limited interaction with friends has been a challenge to say the least. Mainly they’ve just been running wild in the woods all spring and summer. But honing those wilderness survival skills isn’t such a bad idea given our current political climate.

I was able to reign them in briefly to do some night-sky gazing recently. Jupiter and Saturn have been stunning this month. Our telescope was able to give us the first clear view of Saturn’s rings we’ve ever had. And of course, there was the Neowise comet. I think there might be one or two nights left to catch a glimpse of this 3-mile wide space rock orbiting our sun. You can find it right below the Big Dipper. I’m reposting some illustrations the boys did back in 2019 of the various kinds of space rocks and a poem to help you remember each kind.

“Dirty snowball out in space

with smudgy tail making chase

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Ice melts off and leaves behind

Dirt and rocks that sometimes find

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Their way through Earth’s thick atmosphere

But burn all up before getting here

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Except for sometimes they crash on through

And hopefully don’t land on you!”

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The End.

Titus wasn’t interested in our childish bit of poetic nonsense so here are some more accurate definitions from him.img_3536

Anyway, hope your July has been star-spangled and that August will still find us all fighting for the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

Friday’s Factoid Week 14

We’re studying space rocks right now and pulled out a rhyme we made up last go-around to remember all the different kinds. You can check out the original by clicking here.

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Dirty snowball out in space

With smudgy tail making chase.

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Ice melts off and leaves behind

Dirt and rocks that sometimes find…

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Their way through Earth’s thick atmosphere

But burn all up before getting here.

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Except for sometimes they crash on through

And hopefully don’t land on you!

THE END

Below is a summary of definitions complements of Titus and if you click here there’s a link to a bonus Friday Flashback!

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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?