Friday Factoid Week 8

There is no atmosphere on Mercury which means it is very hot during the day and very cold during the night. Venus however, has so much atmosphere it remains 870 degrees all the time. The atmosphere is made of thick, lightening producing clouds of sulfuric acid moving at 220 miles per hour.  Also, my mom said to add this link to an old post (Titus, 14)

A day on Venus is longer than a year. It takes Venus 243 earth days to make one rotation but it only takes 225 earth days for it to orbit the sun. It also rotates in the opposite direction of the earth.  Here is a link to some silly things I wrote about Venus when I was 5 (Nate, 11).

Venus is the Morning Star and Venus is the Evening Star and it is so bright it can make shadows and it has volcanoes.  Mom’s adding this stuff from Hawaii for you to see (Gideon, 5).


Friday’s Factoid 8 (by Nate!)

Venus is my favorite planet because it has lots of volcanoes. I like hot lava. Cold lava turns into rock. It is called A’a in Hawaii and there is a volcano with lava here too. I have seen it. Venus shines bright even in the morning because it is covered with lava. I have seen Venus the most because I wake up the earliest of all. We made pictures of volcanoes (Nate,5).

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Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
Titus and Joel took a break from writing today’s Factoid since Nate begged for a turn to write (or rather dictate) about his favorite planet. And yes, he probably is better acquainted with it than anyone else since he does habitually rise at the crack of dawn. As to his theory of extreme luminescence being due to the presence of lava on Venus’s surface, that is doubtful at the very least. But hey, we’ve heard a lot crazier than that from the science crowd, haven’t we?

Friday’s Factoid 7 (by Titus and Joel)

Venus is pretty close to the sun and it is covered with lava so it is hot all the time even at night. Spacecraft have tried to land on Venus but they just burn up so they have to use radar to make pictures of what it looks like (Joel,7).

Maat Mons Volcano on Venus

Venus is a planet but people call it the Evening Star and the Morning Star because you can see it shining right after the sun goes down and before it comes up. Once we saw Venus during the day because it went across the sun. That’s called a transit. Then it did not look like a star at all. It looked like a little black dot. You can see all about the Venus transit by clicking here early-field-trip-2 (Titus,8).

Teacher’s Two-Cents (by Mom)
Don’t forget to catch the Orionids Meteor Shower this weekend! Follow this link for more informationorionids-peak-this-weekend