[Surfnetkids: 25 Feb 2009] Uranus

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#1. February 25, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

Whoa! Stop the presses! Leo Quinn just forwarded me a note of gratitude sent to him by a Surfnetkids reader who purchased his finance course a few days ago. Because this newsletter is fast approaching its weekly deadline, Leo did not
have time to ask her permission to use her name (so we won’t) but she is a real-life Surfnetkids reader … just like you! Here is her story:

Leo,

We downloaded everything with no problem two nights ago. Yesterday my husband called me at work and said: When are you coming home! I’ve got to show you something!

He had spent the whole day reading about half of your book and then revising our debt diet (from Oprah) to follow the guidelines you lay out. He had made charts in Excel for every month for the next two years showing what we would be paying on each card, how much would be interest, what the minimums would be etc. We had a plan and were paying a big chunk every month (all three of our cards are at 0 percent right now) so we had headstart funds in play, but we were doing it in the wrong order. He was so thrilled and happy to show me his new charts and announce that we would be free of our credit card debt December 1, 2010. Then we’ll put that extra $2000 a month to work on the 2 cars…Our property tax (included in our mortgage payment) just went down, so we are going to ignore that fact and continue to pay the same mortgage payment putting the difference toward the principal.

We actually had a cheerful and drama free discussion about money for the first time in ages. He estimates that we will end up paying $619 in interest on a $41,000 debt because the cards won’t be 0 percent forever, but I’m a good phone negotiator so I think we can at least keep the interest low when the 0 rate goes away next fall…he had only read half your book so I can’t wait to hear what he learned as he continued reading today. It’s nice to see him so happy about our financial situation for a change.

Sorry this is so long, but wanted you to know how your book helped us so far!

Thanks,
XXXXXX

Quite a story, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you love to have all your credit card debt paid off by December of next year? What an incredible story. I’m so thrilled Leo and I were able to help XXXXXX and her husband.

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See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#2. Uranus

by Barbara J. Feldman
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Uranus Printable (** for premium members only)
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Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, the third-largest planet in the Solar System, and has twenty-seven known moons. Though visible to the naked eye, it was dismissed as a star until March 13, 1781 when Sir William Herschel, using a telescope, noticed that this particular “star” seemed different from the others.

Ask an Astronomer for Kids: Uranus
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From Caltech, in conjunction with NASA and Cool Cosmos, Ask an Astronomer answers thirteen frequently asked questions about Uranus. How big is Uranus? Is Uranus really tilted on its side? Why is Uranus blue? You can explore the rest of the universe (planets, stars, galaxies, nebulas and black holes) by following the Ask an Astronomer link. Cool Cosmos is also a must see. “Learn about infrared light, and open a door into the fantastic world of Infrared and Multiwavelength Astronomy.”

NASA: Solar System Exploration: Uranus
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“Uranus is very cold, windy and, like most of the other planets, poisonous to humans. It is a gas planet like Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. There is nothing to land on. The air — atmosphere — gets thicker and thicker until it is squished into liquid. That is called pressure.” NASA presents a kid’s eye view of Uranus with quick facts (11 Uranian rings, 84 Earth years in each Uranian year), a short article about the Voyager 2’s 1986 Uranus flyby, and a Uranus calculator. How much would you weigh on Uranus? Because of the effects of gravity, you’d weight about eleven percent less there than you do here on Earth.

NASA: Welcome to the Planets: Uranus
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Originally published as a CD-ROM, this site is a photo gallery of images from NASA’s planetary explorations. You can explore the Uranus photos by starting with any of the thumbnails and then following the next and previous links. The annotations are short and include hyperlinks to the site’s glossary. “This image reveals many broad lanes of dust surrounding the 9 main rings of Uranus. It was taken by Voyager 2 looking back toward the sun through the ring system. The dust is especially bright in this view, for the same reason that we can see dust on a windshield better when we are driving toward the sun.”

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“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~~ Charles Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) English novelist of the Victorian era..

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