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Celebrate the Anniversary of Sputnik!

If you look up in the sky at a certain time of year, you might be able to spot the International Space Station. About 250 miles above Earth, astronauts from different countries work together to study life in space. And it all started with Sputnik.

 

Everything You Need To Know About the Perseid Meteor Shower!

Are you ready for the Perseid meteor shower? Many people look forward to this yearly exhibit of meteors, and this year has been predicted to be even better than ever. The Perseid meteor showers are supposed to peak between the night of August 11 and the early morning of August 12.

Cool Space Websites for Spacey Kids

An artist's imagining of Juno's orbit around Jupiter, from NASA/JPL-Caltech

Want to go to space? Me too. Not on an astronaut track? Me neither. This doesn’t mean space is unreachable, though! Armed with little more than a computer and our imaginations, there are still ways we can travel among the stars. Read on for some cool space websites for kids (and adults!) who like a little bit of space in their days on Earth.

The Essential Guide to Stargazing with Children

 

Early June is a great time for stargazing! Now that it’s warm enough to stay outside late into the night and many kids no longer have to worry about waking up early for school the next day, it’s a good time to take advantage of the free science lab above your head—the nighttime sky! Even without equipment such as telescopes or binoculars, you can see many things in the sky. Use this guide to stargazing with children to ensure everyone is inspired to learn more about the universe around us.

How to Bring Henrietta Leavitt to Your Classroom or Homeschool!

Henrietta Leavitt helped reveal what the galaxy really looks like!

This is the last day of March, and Women’s History Month is drawing to a close. Let’s take this opportunity to learn about one of the unsung heroes of astronomy, Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

Welcome home, Scott Kelly!
Earth photobombs Scott Kelly's selfie!
photo credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has had a pretty big year. He’s spent longer in space than any American before him. He’s reached almost all of the milestones set for him by NASA, including growing greenhouse gardens in zero gravity. He’s made more than 5,000 trips around the Earth. And now he’s coming home.

If Two Black Holes Collide and No One Is There To Hear Them, Did They Really Make A Sound?

Listen....

That's the sound of two black holes colliding more than a billion years ago.

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