Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources. Friday, August 11 TDIGH: Most Widely Viewed … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History: Solar Eclipse
By Jay Pasachoff A solar eclipse is a wonderful thing to see, and as an astronomer, I am trying to do my part to spread the word and teach kids how to observe it safely. On August 21, the Moon will block the Sun as seen from North America and down through mid-South America. The path of totality, during which the everyday Sun is entirely … Continue reading Getting Ready for the Eclipse
We all have a lot of questions about Mars. Recently, at a National Geographic Live event in Seattle, we collected quite a few. Luckily for us, Dr. Ray Arvidson, planetary geologist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has answers! Dr. Arvidson directs the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory, and has worked on the Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit and Opportunity) and the Mars … Continue reading Mars Questions? We’ve Got Answers.
SCIENCE The first science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world. (NASA) D’you know about Juno? Catch up with our media-rich study guide! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why are Jupiter’s polar storms (like the swirls that dot the Jovian … Continue reading Jupiter Gets its Close-Up
SCIENCE Princess Leia! Octavia Butler! RIPLEY! The International Astronomical Union has approved themes submitted by NASA’s New Horizons team for naming surface features on Pluto and its moons. Gallifrey! Spock! Mordor! (NASA) How did NASA set its horizons on our favorite dwarf planet? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Note to teachers: You’ll definitely want … Continue reading Pluto: Name that Planet