Space

Apollo 8

Earthrise from Apollo 8

Apollo 8 launched December 21, 1968 as part of President Kennedy’s space challenge to put a man on the moon in the sixties. Apollo 8 was the first human space flight to leave Earth’s orbit and to reach and orbit …[Continue]

Meteor Showers

Meteor Showers

Meteor showers are cyclical, predictable events because they are formed from the icy rock debris shed by comets as they pass the Sun. The following sites explain why they happen, when they occur, and offer tips on how to best …[Continue]

Neptune

Neptune

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 …[Continue]

Mars Curiosity

Mars Curiosity

After an eight-month journey, the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet on August 6, 2012. Its mission is to explore Martian climate, soil and geology, and to determine if Mars might ever have supported life. Curiosity is roughly …[Continue]

Apollo 11

Apollo 11

I remember that summer night in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. I tell my kids this story, and I know that for them, it is a story from another lifetime. They are growing up …[Continue]

Night Sky

Night Sky

Although kids may enjoy an inexpensive telescope, experts say there is plenty to see with just your eyes or a pair of binoculars. Start in your own backyard or neighborhood, using the following sites as an introduction to the nightly …[Continue]

Project Mercury

Project Mercury

Project Mercury (1959 – 1963) was the first manned American spaceflight program. With the success of its Mercury-Atlas 6 flight on February 20, 1962, the project achieved its goal of putting an American astronaut (John Glenn) into orbit around the …[Continue]

Uranus

Uranus

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, …[Continue]

Constellations

Constellations

A group of stars that forms a picture is commonly called a constellation. Astronomers, however, call these star pictures asterisms, and have a slightly different definition of a constellation. Scientists divide the sky into eighty-eight official constellations, so that every …[Continue]