Planet Nine from Outer Space!

SCIENCE A planet larger than Earth could be hiding in the cold, dark depths of our solar system. SO EXCITING!!!! (Nat Geo News) What is a planet, anyway? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The good folks over at Caltech probably discovered a planet lurking in the “cold, dark … Continue reading Planet Nine from Outer Space!

100 Years Later, Einstein’s Theory Tested by Satellites

SCIENCE It’s a total fluke. No one was thinking about making the most precise test yet of general relativity when the European Space Agency sent a pair of satellites into orbit last year. But a botched launch put them in perfect position to test Einstein’s century-old theory. (Guardian) Use our resources to learn a little about the man behind general relativity. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading 100 Years Later, Einstein’s Theory Tested by Satellites

Super Blood Moon on Sunday!

SCIENCE The full moon Sunday will appear larger, brighter and redder than usual. As it so happens, it will also be going through a lunar eclipse. The two events—the “supermoon” and the eclipse—have occurred in tandem only five times since the turn of the 20th century. (Newsweek) Check out our great time-lapse image of a lunar eclipse. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of … Continue reading Super Blood Moon on Sunday!

What Happens to Astronaut Poop? Look to the Skies!

SCIENCE What will happen to Astronaut Scott Kelly’s body during his year in space? With a nod to Leonardo, NASA diagrams it for us. (NASA) Do you really need to ask why astronauts are awesome? Well, here are 5 Reasons Why to get you started. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas First, a little background: … Continue reading What Happens to Astronaut Poop? Look to the Skies!

King Tides Rule

SCIENCE Last month, coastlines saw extreme high and low tides known as king tides, which are caused by a chance alignment of the moon, Earth, and the sun. Now the tides are back—and coastal waters may rise by more than 13 feet. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand tides. Discussion Ideas Study our beautiful poster above, explaining Earth’s tides. The poster does … Continue reading King Tides Rule