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Here’s a fun, cheap, and only slightly messy demonstration activity for kids of all ages, even 46-year-old kids: creating and mapping an ancient volcano.
Following the successful landing of the Curiosity rover, it is gratifying indeed to see the third MarsDial© photometric calibration (cal) target on the planet Mars. It is something near and dear to me personally, and it's good for all of us, because it helps us do good science.
Telescope maker Celestron joined the Planetary Society at April's big festival in Washington. Their new video about the experience features our Emily Lakdawalla.
How to enjoy a solar eclipse with your kids, making shadow magic with a pinhole viewer.
This summer should provide great opportunities for stargazers to view planets, meteor showers, the transit of Venus, and for some, the annular solar eclipse. Check out these highlights of what you can look forward to this summer.
I got this wonderful photo from Nichols' Twitter after Mike Okuda retweeted it.
Cary and Michael Huang present a basic
A recent tweet by Al Yankovic tipped me to the fact that the children's book author, songwriter, and illustrator Sandra Boynton recently established a presence on Twitter. As I'm a huge fan of her oeuvre, I immediately followed her.
They Might Be Giants present
Abigail Fraeman took third place in the Washington Post's 2011 Style Invitational edible-art contest with her entry,
Emily wakes up her 5-year-old daughter to experience her first lunar eclipse.
OK, this is my last pile of book reviews for this year: a collection of good books for kids older than mine.
A fun video of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing baseball aboard the ISS.
As I do every year, I've collected a bunch of new (or relatively new) books and other products on space themes for children.
The summer heat is starting to cool off and the swarms of mosquitoes are nearly survivable without heavy artillery. For some backyard astronomers, fall offers cool nights and comfortable weather to enjoy the stars by.
This is a bit of a departure from space science, but was so awesome, I had to share. I've always loved Tom Lehrer's
If you or I ingest arsenic, well...it doesn't go so well. If you are, on the other hand, a certain species of bacterium from Mono Lake, California, ingesting this seemingly toxic metal is simple enough.
Wander over to Weird Sciences for the 179th Carnival of Space! Every week, a different webmaster or blogger hosts the Carnival, showcasing articles written on the topic of space.
As I did last year, I'm hereby posting reviews and comments on every recent space book for kids that's crossed my desk in the last several months.
The Final Funktier is a kids' music album that is (a) delightful for grownups too and (b) features largely space-themed tracks. Win!