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Friday Factoid Week 25

Hey all you star-gazers young and old!  Did you know that April is International Astronomy Month?  To celebrate, we’re stepping away from our usual Apologia course material and participating in some great events happening all around the globe but accessible right from our laptops.  However, the best way to participate of course, is turn the computer off altogether, go out side, and look up!

First I’m going to post a few links to help get you inspired.  If you’ve never visited the Hubble Space Telescope site, do that first.  Just scrolling through their archive of images will leave you in absolute awe of what lies beyond our field of vision.  Click here to go straight to their gallery.  Here’s just a sample of a few of our favorite Hubble images.

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The NASA site is like a black hole.  It will suck you right in.  Click here, but with caution 🙂

Another fun thing to do is to celebrate International Astronomy Month with the astronauts currently on board the International Space Station. You can track the space station and find out how to spot it in the sky.  We did this while living in Hawaii and it was really cool.  Click here to read the blog post.  Click here for the ISS site where you can also view their live video stream.

Next is Astronomers Without Borders.  They have links to citizen science activities and a cool art and poetry contest.  The boys have been busy this week working on entries to both contests which we will post on next 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!

Hoping for a cloudless night

Found a neat website that allows you to track the current location of the International Space Station and see what it’s view of the earth might be like.
iss.astroviewer.net
Also, you can find out when you can actually see the ISS overhead by plugging in your current location on NASA’s website.
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Just go to the blue “connect to mission” box on the lower left and click the orange “station sightings” button.
There should be a 2 minute window tonight and a 4 minute window tomorrow night when we can see the ISS cross over Kona. Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of patchy clouds lately, which makes for some great sunsets, but not very good star-gazing.