One way to get kids interested in science is by letting them do science. Discoveries made are discoveries remembered! This might seem hard—after all, how can fifth graders contribute to actual scientific fields of knowledge? With citizen science!
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.
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.
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.
And then yesterday, NASA announced that evidence of flowing water had been discovered on Mars. If you’ve had to google anything today, you might have heard about this.
Dark streaks on the surface of Mars are made from flowing water.
Photo credit: NASA
Does your kid love to stargaze? It's a great moment when kids look up and around and discover that the universe is a really huge place. It's such a huge place that it can be intimidating. Luckily, there's an app for that!
A giant cluster of stars, taken by the Hubble space telescope