Saturday, October 19, 2013

Man on the Moon

After we got a taste of the sky through a pair of binoculars last weekend, we bought ourselves a pair. Ethan was very much interested in looking at the moon.  The binoculars we got are 15 power, so you can get a really good look at the moon.  The first night we checked it out, it was 88% full and sooooo bright.  We also saw Venus and found a few constellations.  Did you know nobody has been on the moon since 1972? I had no idea.

He's got the binoculars set on the moon, which was just coming up.  

 After the sun went down we got a much better look at things.  These weigh 4lbs and are 11 inches long but he handled them like a pro.  I really love how he took an interest in the sky and look forward to learning more about it myself.  We even stopped by the library to check out several astronomy books.  

Did you know the nearest star, other than the sun of course, is no less than 4 LIGHT YEARS away?  And that Venus is the only planet that spins in the opposite direction on its axis compared to all other planets?  Or that we always see the same side of the moon? 

In case you're interested, it's because the amount of time it takes the moon to rotate once on its axis is the same amount of time it takes the moon to travel around the earth...so we always see the same side.  Astronomers have a term for this: tidally locked. This information is fascinating I tell you!

I'm learning so much!


All this astronomy talk led us to this...a halloween costume clue.

Oh, and now I know how to find the north star.  And no, it's not the brightest star in the sky like I'd always thought.  I should go back to the 6th grade to relearn all this stuff. Geez!

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