Have you heard? NASA is currently on track to return astronauts to the moon by 2020! Engineers plan on putting the finishing touches on the largest launch system ever and sending a new multipurpose capsule called Orion on a crewless test flight around our nearest neighbor by the end of next year.
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.
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.
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.