On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse for parts of the United States. NASA reports:
Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/)
You can use the link below to check out NASA’s interactive website. You can use the website to determine what time the eclipse will be visible from where you live.
Remember to wear special protective glasses when you observe the eclipse!
June 21st is the summer solstice! This is the longest day of the year for most places in the Northern hemisphere, and is when the sun reaches it’s highest point in the sky.
Celebrate by exploring the solar system with NASA’s Solar System Exploration game where you can learn more about the sun, stars, and planets. https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/index.cfm
Photo Credit: NASA/European Space Agency. Published: 14 September 1999
On this day, May 14th, in 1973 the unmanned Skylab 1, America’s first space station, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Immediately there were problems with the launch as a meteor ripped off one of the solar panels and part of the shield. The next Skylab mission would be launched on May 25th with crew members who were trained to make the workshop safe for them to work in.
You can learn more about the Skylab missions at NASA’s website: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/history/skylab.html
Image Credit: NASA
Happy First Day of Spring! Are you enjoying the nice weather?
March 20th is the Spring Equinox, which in the Northern Hemisphere means that this is the official first day of Spring. You can learn more about equinoxes by clicking here to see NASA’s explanation!
Happy Pi Day from all of us at the Bartlett Public Library! We celebrate today as Pi day since the date, March 14th, is the same as the first three digits of π (3.14).
You can learn more about the mathematical concept of Pi in Why Pi? by Johnny Ball, in our juvenile nonfiction section at j530.8 BALL.
You can celebrate Pi Day with challenges from NASA scientists and engineers as part of their Pi Day Challenge! Good luck!
This week’s Pinterest vs Reality is brought to us by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) who craft about making a Pinwheel Galaxy Pinwheel really caught our eye. In celebration of the warm weather I thought I would give it a shot.
You can find the full directions for the craft at https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/pinwheel-galaxy/en/ as well as the printout of the pinwheel. Other than the print out you will need scissors, a hole punch, a popsicle stick or chopstick, and a pipe cleaner. I used a popsicle stick but I think that a chop stick might work even better.
My main suggestion is to pay close attention to the warning NASA gives: “Pinwheel not spinning? Make sure the pipe cleaner isn’t secured so tightly that it doesn’t let the paper move. If the paper flaps are hitting the stick, flatten out the pinwheel on a table. Then carefully open each point from the front. This will let air in to move the pinwheel.”
Following the directions I managed to make a pinwheel that really does spin! Looks like we can call this a success!