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Fun Space Facts for Children:  What’s the difference between an Asteroid and a Meteor?  And can a belt hold them all up?

Asteroid Belt

You’ve probably heard of an asteroid?  But do you know what it is?  Asteroids are basically a mixture of metal and rock, drifting through space.   Most are small, some the size of a pebble, but others are huge, as much as 500 miles/804.67 kilometers wide.  That’s one big rock!

There are a lot of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, so much so that this area is called the asteroid belt.  But this type of belt can’t hold anything up!  It is more like a vast ring of rocky lumps and bumps, stuck in between the two planets.

But when an asteroid comes close enough to Earth it…changes its name.  That’s right, the asteroid is now known as a meteor.  Earth’s gravity pulls it downward.  As the meteors fall, they are often referred to as shooting stars (although clearly lumps of rock and metal are not stars).  Earth is responsible for the meteor’s fiery tail.  It sets it on fire as it enters our atmosphere.

Many scientists think that a huge asteroid crashing into the Earth millions of years ago finished off the dinosaurs.  The impact created a colossal cloud, which turned the weather impossibly hot and resulted in their extinction.

The good news is that astronomers now have the technology to keep a close eye on the night sky.  Even better news, no asteroids are on a collision course with the Earth.  At least not yet anyway!

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,’ and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage.’ These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space, (for children ages 5-9).

Ever wondered if aliens exist?  What if one needed your help?  Would you travel into outer space?  For the adventures…of a lifetime!

New – Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest.  More items are needed to buy the crystal.  But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens.  Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?

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Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Amelia the Moochins 8-15

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto!  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  Should Amelia venture into outer Space?

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“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews

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