[Surfnetkids: 18 Sep 2013] Neptune

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#1. September 18, 2013

Barbara J. Feldman

Dear Reader,

Yikes! I am dusting off my traveling shoes and filling up my packing cubes and heading off to Europe for a three-week cruise down the Rhine and the Danube. I’m really excited!

I’ll be posting pictures on a variety of sites, so you can follow along on:

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

#2. Neptune

by Barbara J. Feldman

Neptune Printable (** for premium members only)

Neptune is the farthest planet from the Sun, with a huge orbit compared to ours. It takes Neptune approximately 165 Earth years to complete a single trip around the Sun. Neptune is one of three blue planets (Earth and Uranus are the others), and the only one discovered by mathematical prediction instead of observation.

Cool Cosmos: Ask an Astronomer: Neptune
I love this collection of questions. “Why is Neptune blue? How did Neptune get its name? How many moons does Neptune have?” Simply click on any of the questions to view the answer on Cool Cosmos. Cool Cosmos is a “NASA education and outreach website for infrared astronomy and related topics.” In addition to the Ask an Astronomer section, they have an interesting set of resources for teachers.

Kids Astronomy
“How much would you weigh on Neptune? If you weigh 70 pounds (32 kg) on the Earth, you would weigh 78.5 pounds (36 kg) on Neptune.” Kids Astronomy’s Neptune page has Fast Facts and a short Neptune lesson. At the bottom of the page is a link to a page about Neptune’s moons. “Due to its great distance from the Earth it is extremely difficult for us to see any of Neptune’s moons. For that reason most of its moons were not discovered until 1989 when NASA sent a satellite to explore the world.”

National Geographic: Neptune
“Despite its great distance from the sun and lower energy input, Neptune’s winds are three times stronger than Jupiter’s and nine times stronger than Earth’s.” The highlight here is the interactive Planetary Stats feature. Click on the menu items (Intro, Neptune Stats, Size Comparison, Moons) to scroll through it. There is also a short article full of great stuff for school reports.

… Click to continue Neptune .

#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Neptune Printable
Neptune Wikipedia Printable
Uranus Printable
Pluto Printable
Hubble Space Telescope Printable
Mars Exploration Printable

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#6. Quote of the Week

“You cannot teach anybody anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves.” ~~ Galileo ~~ (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher. Read Galileo’s biography to learn more about his contributions to science.

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