Tag: jupiter

Friday’s Factoid Week 16

Jupiter (by Gideon, 5)

Jupiter has 50 or maybe 67 moons. It also has a huge storm called The Great Red Spot. The spot is even bigger than the whole Earth (by Sam, 9).

The smallest moon that Jupiter has is called Amalthea. It is the reddest object in the solar system. It looks like a big red blob and is just made of a bunch of space rocks stuck together with gaps between them. They may be leftover from The Exploded Planet (by Nathan, 11).

Recently the Galileo space craft discovered rings around Jupiter. We can not see them through a telescope because they are too thin. Jupiter is also rotating really fast. It only takes 10 hours which is why it is so stormy. (by Joel, 13).

Friday’s Factoid 3 (by Titus and Joel)

This week we learned about the sun and other giant stars like Betelgeuse which is twice the size of the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But the biggest star they’ve found is the Big Dog star. Canis Majoris is 7 quadrillion times bigger then earth. Last night Mom woke me up and we went out by the ocean where we could see millions of stars. Jupiter was shining very bright and we saw 4 of the giant stars around it. We saw Betelgeuse, Rigel, Sirius and Aldebaran. This video shows how big some of the stars are. by Titus

All of these stars make noises but we can’t hear them because sound doesn’t travel in space. But God can hear them. You can listen, too, on this video. by Joel

Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
How cool that our hymn this week mentioned the song of the stars!
“Forever singing as they shine, ‘The hand that made us is divine!”
I’ve added a new page to the top of the site called “Hooray for Hymns.” I’ve requested folks to add their own favorite hymns to the list we started by leaving a comment. Let’s join in the celestial chorus of praise to our Lord!

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.