Weekly Warm-Up: What it Means to be Frozen in Space

When it comes to our planet, we are used to its seasons and weather patterns. And while we can predict the onset of hurricanes and tornadoes, it is often difficult to determine when earthquakes may strike or when volcanoes may erupt. By studying natural events on Earth, however, scientists can learn about other planets and their moons. By looking for commonalities in natural events and physical land formations, scientists … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: What it Means to be Frozen in Space

The Incredible Shrinking Planet

SCIENCE Like a raisin spinning around the sun, Mercury is shrinking and wrinkling. The planet is now about 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) smaller in diameter than it was nearly four billion years ago. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about Mercury and the other planets in our solar system. Discussion Ideas The Nat Geo News article mentions scarps and rupes—”Mercury’s version of … Continue reading The Incredible Shrinking Planet

Saturn’s Strange Storm

SCIENCE NASA has released this week the best views yet of a bizarre hexagon-shaped cloud that blankets Saturn’s north polar region. (National Geographic Newswatch) Use our resources to better understand Saturn’s storms and other wild weather in the solar system. Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific activity “Extreme Weather in Our Solar System,” and apply its critical thinking to the Nat Geo blog post about … Continue reading Saturn’s Strange Storm

Now, Voyager: Spacecraft at Gateway to Galaxy

SCIENCE Voyager 1, a NASA spacecraft launched 36 years ago, is approaching the very edge of our solar system—a mysterious boundary called the heliosphere. (Nat Geo News) Read our short article and watch this three-minute video to learn a little about the Voyager missions and why this is such a tremendous moment in exploration. Discussion Ideas Watch our video on “Space Probes,” which describes the … Continue reading Now, Voyager: Spacecraft at Gateway to Galaxy