Category Archives: Space Place

Communicating With Curiousity

With cell phones and the Internet, we’re used to communicating with anyone, anywhere, quickly and easily. But how do scientists communicate with things that aren’t on our planet — such as the Curiosity Rover on Mars? This communication beyond Earth is a bit more complicated.

We communicate with spacecraft using radio signals. Radio signals move at the speed of light. […]

What’s in Space?

When you look up at the night sky, you see stars and sometimes the moon and the brighter planets. Away from city lights, on a clear night, you might see the beautiful band of the Milky Way stretching across the sky.

Is there anything else up there in space?
There are many beautiful, strange […]

Studying the sun is a gas!

If someone asked you to draw the sun, would you make a little yellow circle with lines coming out of it? That’s fun, but what does the sun look like up close? We can see the shapes and outlines of craters and mountains on the moon, but what about the sun? Does it have rocks […]

Ceres: One Big Rock

Dawn is when the sun rises and a new day begins. You might start thinking about breakfast, too! But Dawn is also the name of an amazing spaceship. NASA named this spacecra Dawn because its purpose is to help understand the beginning of the solar system.

You know there are eight planets, right? […]

Can you see underwater? NASA can!

By Michael Gregory
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

If you could choose something to look at, what would it be? Maybe to find out if a crab is about to nibble on your toe? Well, if you were really lucky, you might just see a beautiful coral reef.

What is a reef? It’s basically […]

Measuring earthquakes faster

Earthquakes can be serious, scary events. The ground shakes and rolls. Things can fly off shelves, and buildings can collapse. We can do a lot to prepare for earthquakes before they happen. But what can we do to prepare for what happens after them?

When an earthquake occurs, it’s important to know the location, depth […]

Saturn’s Rings: More than Meets the Eye

When Galileo Galilei first spotted Saturn in his telescope, he didn’t know what the shapes on either
side of the planet were. He thought they might be two large moons. Today we know they’re beautiful rings.

Saturn isn’t the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune have them too. But Saturn’s are the […]

Watching El Niño Closely… From Space!

By Katie McKissick
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This past year, Earth has had unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. Believe it or not, this one thing can lead to a lot of interesting weather events all over the globe. We call it El Niño. It happens because of changes […]

Black Holes and dark matter, working together

By Katie McKissick
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dark matter is very mysterious. It makes up 27 percent of our whole universe, but we know very little about it. We can’t measure it directly. It doesn’t give off light or absorb it. We do know it has gravity, though, because we can see its […]

Comets that graze the sun

By Katie McKissick
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

It’s not easy finding comets, especially when they’re near the bright, shining sun. Comets that approach the sun are called sungrazers. They can be as small as 30 to 150 feet in diameter. That’s the length of a limousine up to half a football field. Out […]