Posted in 2018/19 Friday Factoids, Xtra Astronomy Stuff

Friday Factoid Week 26

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.

Neptune’s blue.

Uranus too.

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?

Posted in 2018/19 Friday Factoids

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.