- The “dark side” of the moon is a myth. In reality, both sides of the Moon see the same amount of Sun. However, only one side of the Moon is ever seen from Earth. This is because the Moon rotates around on its own axis in exactly the same time it takes to orbit the Earth, meaning the same side is always facing the Earth.
- Eventually, the Sun will consume the Earth. When all the Hydrogen has been burned, the Sun will continue for about 130 million more years, burning Helium, during which time it will expand to the point that it will engulf Mercury, Venus and the Earth. At this stage it will have become a red giant.
- A solar eclipse in when the Moon passes in front of the Sun casting a shadow on the Earth (this is also known as an occultation). As the Sun’s distance from Earth is around 400 times the Moon’s distance and the Sun’s diameter is around 400 times the Moon’s diameter, the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same size.
- Find more space facts just like these at space-facts.com.
There are so many exciting things happening at the museum this month that you will be missing out if you don’t come and bring your parents with you. First of all, November 1, 2013 kicks off our November Aircraft of the Month. This month’s featured airplane is the B-58A Hustler. Come take a peek at our featured airplane on your next visit. While you’re here, make sure to visit the Science Zone, where you can experience all things space related while creating your own Space Food, constructing a Straw Rocket, participating in a Space Vehicle Lander design challenge, and more! The Science Zone is open Saturdays and Sundays this month from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-4:00pm. Don’t miss out!
Science Zone Note to Parents:
The theme for this month is space. There are many hands on activities you can do with your children to reinforce today’s learning, such as building paper rockets at home, searching for NASA spin-offs at home, like cordless tools and phones, and coming up with their own creative inventions and innovations.