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Fun For All Ages: Creating and Mapping a Volcano
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.
Curiosity's Marsdial is on Mars!
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.
Celestron Video From USA Science & Engineering Festival
Telescope maker Celestron joined the Planetary Society at April's big festival in Washington. Their new video about the experience features our Emily Lakdawalla.
Making eclipse magic
How to enjoy a solar eclipse with your kids, making shadow magic with a pinhole viewer.
Night Sky Guide for Summer 2012
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.
Nichelle Nichols and the Nerd-in-chief
I got this wonderful photo from Nichols' Twitter after Mike Okuda retweeted it.
The Scale of the Universe, by Cary and Michael Huang
Cary and Michael Huang present a basic
Post for Sandra Boynton: An apology for, and explanation of, my crescent-Moon pedantry
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.
A shooting star is not a star at all
They Might Be Giants present
MalloMars Rover: Search for S'more Data
Abigail Fraeman took third place in the Washington Post's 2011 Style Invitational edible-art contest with her entry,
Anahita's first eclipse
Emily wakes up her 5-year-old daughter to experience her first lunar eclipse.
Reviews of space-themed books for kids ages 7 and up
OK, this is my last pile of book reviews for this year: a collection of good books for kids older than mine.
One-astronaut game of baseball in the International Space Station
A fun video of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa playing baseball aboard the ISS.
Reviews of space-themed books & products for young children
As I do every year, I've collected a bunch of new (or relatively new) books and other products on space themes for children.
Guest Post: Ray Sanders: What's Up in the Night Sky This Fall?
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.
Rapping the elements, by Oortkuiper
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
Arsenic and Deep Space?
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.
Carnival of Space #179, Kids in Space, Lou's View
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.
Reviews of Ten Space-themed Books for Kids
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.
Review: Recess Monkey: The Final Funktier
The Final Funktier is a kids' music album that is (a) delightful for grownups too and (b) features largely space-themed tracks. Win!