One day, in the moon when the cold nights return, an urgent message came to the village of the four hunters. A great bear so large and powerful that many thought it must be some kind of monster.
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What happens when a moose makes a mistake? Is a deer really a moose? Is a cow? Or is it just . . . a moose-take?
Did you know that outer space, what we call the universe, is absolutely silent as there is no atmosphere for sound to travel through! And it isn’t possible to walk on planets like Neptune, Jupiter, or Saturn as they don’t have a solid surface like we do on Earth. They’re made up mostly of different gases like hydrogen and helium. And they spin more rapidly than Earth – while the Earth spins on its center once every 24 hours, Saturn spins once every 10 hours.
And there are more stars in outer space than there are grains of sand on Earth. It is believed that there are between 200-400 billion stars just in the Milky Way, which is our spiral shaped galaxy in the sky that contains the sun and all the stars, and of which Earth’s solar system is a very, very small part. It is believed that there are about 100 billion galaxies like the Milky Way, which means there could be around 100 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone!
And did you know that the Sun is about one million times larger than the size of the Earth, which means 1 million Earths could fit inside the sun and it takes the light from the Sun about 8 minutes to reach Earth.
The moon, on the other hand, doesn’t have any light of its own. The light from the sun’s rays bounce off of the moon and reach the Earth in 1.25 seconds. This is how we get moonlight. The first person to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong in 1969. You can still see traces of his footprints on the moon’s surface. This is because there’s no wind on the moon, and so the footprints are still mostly intact 52 years later!
The moon and the sun are the reason the ocean has waves and tides that switch from high tide to low tide. The gravitational pull from the moon and the sun keep changing.
And have you ever heard of Mount Everest? If so, I bet you think it is the highest mountain ever. While it is the highest mountain on Earth, the highest mountain known to man is on an asteroid called Vesta and is over 13 miles high or 72178 feet high: which is three times as big as Mount Everest.
So now you know more about outer space. What was your favorite fact? Thanks for exploring with me. See ya next time when we travel … Around The World.
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Since the dawn of time, people have told wild and exciting stories and invented legends to explain the natural, but mysterious, occurrence of the Northern Lights, one of nature’s most spectacular displays, a dazzling neon light show that sparkles and spreads out across the night sky.
The Vikings, for example, thought the Northern Lights were caused by the gleaming weapons of immortal female warriors known as the Valkyrie, or that it was the Bifröst Bridge that led those who fell in battle to their final resting place in Valhalla.
In Chinese legends the northern lights were believed to be a celestial battle between good and evil dragons who breathed fire across the sky.
In Finland, where the northern lights are especially bright, the story involves a sly little arctic fox that ran so quickly across the snow its tail made sparks fly into the night sky, creating the northern lights.
The Inuit people of Alaska believed the lights were the souls of salmon, deer, whales and other animals. The Menominee Indians thought the lights were the torches of giants living in the North.
But in fact, the Northern Lights are actually caused by electrons, which are negatively charged particles that come from the solar winds – which is a wind that shoots out from the sun and can travel the entire length of the solar system.
The electrons are attracted to the north – and south – poles by the magnetic fields found there. They mix with gases in the atmosphere, which cause those gases to glow. A solar flare, which is a sudden eruption of brightness from the Sun’s surface, can also cause the Northern Lights to appear.
The light at the North pole, or Northern Lights, are also referred to as the aurora borealis and the light at the South pole, or southern lights, is called the aurora australis.
The name Aurora is from the Roman god of the dawn; Boreas is the Greek name for the north wind.
The Northern Lights are most visible to people living in the far north but they are sometimes visible as far south as Florida.
The Northern Lights are typically the colors of green, purple, red or blue.
While the Northern Lights can appear any time, it is most likely to be seen during the colder months in the far north – between March and April and September and October.
So now you know more about the Northern Lights. What was your favorite fact? Thanks for exploring with me. See ya next time when we travel … Around the world.