Category Archives: Space & Astronomy

Introduce Your Kids to Really Big Numbers: ‘A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars’

Introduce Your Kids to Really Big Numbers: ‘A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars’

Imagine the sheer number of stars in the sky. Animals on the planet. Water droplets in a cloud. This book runs kids and families through the large numbers to be found in the night sky and on our Earth. Read More

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Space Questions? Let’s Just ‘Ask the Astronaut’

Space Questions? Let’s Just ‘Ask the Astronaut’

I know we’re a self-selected group here in Nerdland, but which of us hasn’t wondered about what it’s like to be in space, live in space, and work in space? Regardless of your generation, there were important, space-related events that happened during your formative years. Sputnik. Yuri Gagarin. Alan Shepherd. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (and don’t forget Michael Collins). Skylab. Sally Ride. Challenger. Mir. Columbia. The International Space Station. SpaceX. Future-oriented people look toward space. Read More

True Tatooine: the Reality of Circumbinary Planets

True Tatooine: the Reality of Circumbinary Planets

It’s one of the most familiar scenes from the Star Wars saga. Luke, realizing he is probably doomed to a mundane career of moisture-farming, takes his teen tantrum outside into the twilight, and stares wistfully at the two suns setting over the Tatooine horizon. And yet, just how strange is it to imagine a planet with two suns instead of just one? Read More