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!
SCIENCE NASA has taken the first small step in a mission to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, one of the most likely places in our solar system for alien life to exist. (Smithsonian) Our Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand has also been “Looking for Life” on Europa—learn how! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Smithsonian … Continue reading NASA Mission Will Look for Life
SCIENCE Scientists have identified a large crater on the near side of the moon—the first detection of its kind in at least a century. The structure has been provisionally named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. (BBC) What’s a moon? What’s a crater? Who’s Amelia Earhart? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Earhart, Hiding in Plain Sight
SCIENCE A substantial ocean most likely exists beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, raising the possibility that extraterrestrial life exists in its briny depths. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to understand how astrobiologists are looking for life on Enceladus and elsewhere. Discussion Ideas The analysis of Enceladus’ icy surface and churning interior was done with the amazing Cassini spacecraft. Read through our … Continue reading Extraterrestrial Ocean
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