You’ve probably seen some scary storms with very fast winds. But did you know that over the oceans, spinning storms can create even faster winds? ese storms are called tropical cyclones. Depending on where they happen in the world, these storms also go by other names, like hurricanes (in the North Atlantic Ocean) and typhoons […]
Category Archives: Space Place
Hubble Space Telescope image of a small part of the universe filled with galaxies. It would take around 25 million pictures like this to cover the whole sky – space is really big!
Image credit: NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz and M. Rafelski (IPAC/ Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. […]
Thousands of miles beneath our feet, flowing electrons create a powerful force that protects life on Earth. This effect is called a magnetic field. But what creates this magnetic field? Deep, deep below the ground lies center of the Earth, also called its core. It is a place of incredibly high temperatures and pressures. Earth’s […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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? […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]