Fun Space Facts

The Moon: Earth’s Satellite

Moon Illustration

Name: Moon comes from an old English word, Mona, meaning month or to measure.

Diameter: 2,160 miles

Rotates Around the Earth: 291-292 Earth Days

Fun Moon Facts: They used to think there was only one moon, until Galileo found satellites orbiting around Jupiter.  He also called them moons, after our own moon.

Outside of Earth, the moon is the only other place humans have visited.  American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, was the first man to land on the moon on, July 20, 1969; an epic day for humankind!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Venus

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

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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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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

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

 The Planet Venus:  The Lone Female

Venus Illustration

Name: Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty

Diameter: 7,521 miles

Length of Day: 255 Earth Days

Fun Venus Facts: Venus is the brightest and easiest planet to spot in the night sky.  With the naked eye, she looks like a big shiny star, although of course she’s actually a planet.

Venus is the only planet named after a female.  That’s not right, is it girls?   The atmosphere of Venus is covered with clouds of sulphuric acid, making the planet super hot.  The average temperature is a whopping 850°F (454.44°C).

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Mercury.

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

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?

Amelia the Venutons cover with text

“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews

5/5 star rating!  “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com

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Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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

The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

 

 

The Planet Mercury: The Small and Speedy One

 Mercury Image

Name: Mercury rushes around the Sun in eighty-eight days.  So, ancient Romans watching the night sky, named this speedy planet after Mercury; their messenger God.  Statues of the God Mercury often show him with a winged helmet and winged feet.

Diameter: 3,032 miles

Length of Day:  30 Earth Days

Fun Mercury Facts: It’s the second smallest planet in the solar system, after tiny Pluto.  It’s also the planet that is closest to our Sun.

If you ever visit, bring a helmet!  Mercury’s surface looks a lot like our Moon, full of craters.  That’s because like the Moon, there’s no atmosphere and it keeps getting pelted by asteroids.

Next post: Fun facts about our Sun.

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

The Sun:  The Star of the Solar System!

Sun Image

Name:  Our Sun’s name is a bit of a mystery! Some think it came from the Old English word Sunne, but no-one knows how that word came to be used.  Others believe the word is derived from the Latin word for Sun, which is Sol.

Diameter:  864,938 miles (1,392,000km)

Temperature:  10,000 degrees Fahrenheit; 5537.78 degrees Celsius.  And that’s just scratching the surface!  The core burns at almost 30 million degrees Fahrenheit; 16666648.89 degrees Celsius!

Fun Sun Facts: The Sun is made up of gases, mainly hydrogen, helium and oxygen.  It is also made up of small amounts of neon, iron, silicon, magnesium and sulfur.

Our Sun is the only star in our solar system.  That makes its unique, because most solar systems have at least two stars.  And like the star she is, all the planets revolve around her blazing presence!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Mars.

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?

Click below for a preview:

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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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

Mars, The Red Planet:  Did Martians ever invade Earth?

Mars Image

Name:   Mars is named after the Roman God of war, after its red color, which reminded the ancient Romans of blood!

Diameter: 4,222 miles

Temperature:  -81°F; -62.77°C

Fun Mars Facts: Did Martians ever invade Earth?  On Sunday October 30, 1938, the United States went into mass hysteria, when the radio announced to its’ million listeners that a Martian invasion of our Earth was underway. People were terrified.  They fled en masse in their cars, jamming the highways, fleeing the vengeful Martians.   Until…Mr. Orson Welles, a director, came on air to tell people that they were actually listening to a play!  This play was adapted from H.G. Welles famous novel, ‘War of the Worlds,’ a great read to this day.  This fictional work describes Martians landing on Earth and destroying our planet!

On July 4, 1997, Nasa successfully landed a little robot named Sojourner from its NASA pathfinder spacecraft.  The amazing Sojourner roamed around the planet Mars-the first robot to do so-beaming back amazing pictures of Mars and taking numerous samples.  This helps scientists learn more about how Mars was formed.

Mars has two Moons.  They are named Phobos, (meaning panic/fear) and Deimos, (meaning terror/dread).  These are two characters that according to Greek mythology accompany their father, the God of war, into battle.

Mons Olympus, a now extinct Volcano on Mars, is the tallest volcano in the entire solar system!

Next post: Fun facts about the giant planet Jupiter.

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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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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?

Click below for a preview:

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For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

The Planet Jupiter:  Can you take the Red Eye there?

Jupiter Image

Name:   Jupiter is named after the mighty Roman ruler of all the Gods. Zeus is the Greek equivalent.  It turned out to be a great name, as Jupiter is the biggest planet of them all!

Diameter: 88,444 miles

Temperature:  -162°F; -107.77°C

Fun Jupiter Facts: Have you heard of a, ‘Red Eye?  It’s used to describe a plane flight that takes off after 9pm.  It’s also an expression associated with Jupiter which has its’ own red eye.  Jupiter’s eye is 25,000 miles long! And even though it may look like an eye, it’s actually a storm.  And an epic storm at that, it’s been continuing for over 150 years!  But we can’t yet visit Jupiter on a red eye to view its’ red eye.  The technology is beyond us at the moment.  But you can see it in the photograph above.  Does it remind you of Sauron in Lord of the Rings?  A huge creepy eye, watching over us all?

Scientists believe that Jupiter has a rocky core, but most of this planet is made up of gas.  Layers and layers of gas.  Most of it is hydrogen, then a much smaller amount of helium  and a little bit of ammonia, sulfur, methane and water vapor.

Jupiter has the most moons of any planet.  There are sixty three and scientists are still counting.  Europa is one of its many moons and is very intriguing, because it has water.  Where there is water, there might also be signs of alien life.

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Saturn.

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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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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?

Click below for a preview:

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For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

The Planet Saturn: The Famous Ringed Planet!

Saturn Image

Name:   Saturn was the father of Jupiter in Roman Mythology.  Kronos  is the Greek equivalent.  Saturn was a God of agriculture and also of time. Saturn the God is often depicted with a sickle over one shoulder, (symbolic of the harvest) and a clock, (symbolic of his role as timekeeper) held in his hand.

Diameter: 74,900 miles/1,20539.87 Kilometers

Temperature:  -218°F; -138.89°C

Fun Saturn Facts:  You probably remember seeing Saturn with its famous rings. But do you know what they are made of?  Rock, ice and dust, most of which are tiny!  How the rings came to be remain a mystery.  Some think they should have been a moon, that for some reason failed to form.  Others think that a moon existed, but then got broken apart.  Maybe someday we’ll get an answer.

Saturn is mainly made of gases; hydrogen with a little helium.  Scientists think there’s a spinning solid core.  It’s the least dense of any planet, meaning it weighs next to nothing, less than water.  If you could find a swimming pool big enough, Saturn would float happily on the surface!

Saturn is the root word of one day of our week.  Can you guess which one?  Yes, it’s Saturday.

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Uranus.

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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

The Planet Uranus:  The Lone Side Spinner!

Uranus Image

Name:   Uranus was discovered by the British astronomer William Herschel in 1871.  At the time King George III was on the throne in England.  The astronomer wanted to name the planet George, in honor of his king.  This idea proved unpopular with the astronomers from other countries.  Instead they decided to call it after the ancient Greek God of the Sky, Ouranos, (Uranus is another spelling of the same name).  It is the only planet named after a Greek rather than a Roman God.

 Diameter: 31,764 miles/ 51119.20 Kilometers

Temperature:  -350°F; -212°C

Fun Uranus Facts:  What’s one weird thing about Uranus?    It’s the only planet to spin on its side!  Most planets are like a spinning top when pressed down.  That’s how they rotate.  But imagine tipping that top over and spinning its middle.  That’s how Uranus rolls!

Uranus is another gas planet.  Hydrogen and helium are the main gases.  Scientists believe it has an icy-rather than rocky core-made up of water, methane and ammonia.

You have to use a telescope to see Uranus.  When you look at it, you’ll see it has a blue –green light.  Sunlight reflects from Uranus’s clouds, which lie beneath a layer of methane gas.  This gives Uranus its distinctive color.

And then there’s Uranus’s funny name.  The only planet that makes school children giggle the world over.  However-according to NASA-it’s actually pronounced YOOR-un-us.  At least that’s the only way they say it…without blushing!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Neptune.

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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

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For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

The Planet Neptune:  The Bluest Planet

Neptune Image

Name:   Neptune is named after the Roman God of the oceans, lakes and rivers. Poseidon is the Greek equivalent.   Neptune the God is often shown carrying a trident and riding sea horses.  In 1612 , the famous astronomer and scientist  Galileo spotted the planet Neptune, whilst looking at the night sky, but mistook it for a star.  So Neptune had to wait until 1846, when it was officially discovered by both Urbain Le Verrier, (French) and Johann Galle, (German).

Diameter: 30,777 miles;  45930.78 kilometers

Temperature:  -353°F; -212.22°C

Fun Neptune Facts:  In keeping with tradition they decided to name the planet after a Roman God.  The planet being blue, how do you think they chose its name?  Of course,   it had to be Neptune, the Roman God of the seas!

Do you know where’s the coldest place in the entire Solar System?  If you’re guessing Neptune right now, you’re getting warmer (or should I say colder?).  Actually the chilliest place in our Solar System is on Triton; one of Neptune’s eight moons.  On Triton, the temperature is a bone shivering, bitter cold of -393°F (-263.1°C)!  And you thought the North Pole was freezing!

Neptune’s composition is similar to Uranus.  It’s mainly made up of hydrogen and helium.  Scientists think it also has an icy core of water, methane and ammonia.  Its’ rich blue color comes from methane in Neptune’s atmosphere.

You need to use a telescope to see Neptune.  And even then it can be hard to spot.  The best time to look for Neptune is in the month of August.  In the summer of 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft took the first close ups of the planet.  You can see one of the images above.

Pluto is usually the furthest planet away in the Solar System.  But Pluto has a strange orbit, so occasionally it’s closer to the sun than Neptune.  Then Neptune becomes the furthest planet away and for up to twenty years at a time!

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Pluto.

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?

Click below for a preview:

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or

Amazon.co.uk

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

The Dwarf Planet Pluto: The Tiniest Planet

Pluto Image

Name:   Pluto is named after the Roman God of the Underworld and judge of the dead. Hades is the Greek equivalent.  As king of the Underworld, who do you think he has for a faithful companion? Yes, man’s best friend, a dog.  But this being the hellish underworld, Cerberus is no ordinary dog.  He’s a gigantic three headed monster (remember Fluffy from Harry Potter?) who guards the gates and prevents the dead from leaving.

Diameter: 1,473 miles; 2,370 kilometers

Temperature:  -356°F; -215.55°C

Fun Pluto Facts:  The planet was only discovered in 1930 by the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.  Venetia Burney, an 11 year old England from England, won an international contest to name the planet.  Pluto keeps the tradition of naming the planets after the Roman Gods.  It also seemed a good name for such a faraway and mysterious planet!

On July 14, 2015, Nasa’s New Horizons probe did the first ever flyby of the mysterious planet Pluto.  Thanks to all new images sent back, scientists know a lot more.  For instance, Pluto has huge ice mountains and vast glaciers.  One big surprise…Pluto has a blue sky, just like our Earth!

Pluto has five moons.  One large one named Charon and four smaller ones named, Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra.

Unlike the nearby gas giants, Pluto is a small rocky planet, covered in ice.  You could actually stand on its surface.  But you’d need to wrap up, it’s freezing there!

Next post: Fun Facts about Comets! 

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

What is a Comet?  And have you ever heard of a Halley’s?

Halley's Comet

You’ve probably heard of a comet, but do you know exactly what it is?  A comet is a mixture of rock and ice.  It’s absolutely huge and flies through space at stupendous speeds.  The core of a comet can be anywhere from 2 to 150 miles (3.22-241.40 kilometers) wide!

Just like planets, comets revolve around the Sun.  But when they get closer to the Sun, part of the icy core turns into a gas, which in turn forms a glowing serpentine tail, stretching for millions of miles!  Some comets are so bright and beautiful; you can even see them during the day!

Have you ever seen a Halley’s, as in Halley’s Comet?  If you’re old, like me, you’ll remember the last sighting in 1986.   And if you’re young now, you’ll be getting on in years when Halley’s Comet makes its next scheduled appearance in 2061.

The English astronomer Edmond Halley, (1656-1742) first discovered this comet, and it remains the most famous comet of all.  As he researched records of a mysterious light in the sky, he found these sightings occurred in 1531, 1607 and 1682, all exactly 76 years apart.  He predicted it would next make a glowing showing in 1758.  And it did!  Ever since then it’s been known as Halley’s Comet.

Extra Fun Fact

The date is 1066.  The event is the battle of Hastings, an event that would change the course of English history.  English astrologers noted the bright light in the sky: Halley’s Comet is as fourth as bright as the moon and four times bigger than Venus.

An omen or a blessing, they pondered?  William the Conqueror thought it a, “Wonderful sign from heaven,” and for him it proved to be true.  He won the battle and the Normans took over England.   Later William commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry – to commemorate his conquest – he made sure to include his blessing from heaven.  Halley’s Comet appears in the top center of this piece of the Tapestry.  Can you spot it?

Halley Comet Bayeaux

 

Next Post: Fun Asteroid Facts!

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

What’s the difference between an Asteroid and a Meteor?  And can a belt hold them 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!

Next Post: Fun Galaxy Facts!

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

Fun Space Facts for Children:  Why is our Galaxy called the Milky Way? And why was it named after the chocolate bar?

Milky Way Galaxy

When you look up into the night sky, nearly everything that you can see with the naked eye belongs to our galaxy, the Milky Way.  But how did it get named after a chocolate bar?  The answer is, it didn’t!  The Milky Way was named thousands of years ago, by the Romans. The Latin name, via lacteal, means milky path.  But in true Roman style, they pinched it from the Greeks (along with the Greek pantheon of Gods)!  Galaxias Kyklos, meaning milky circle, is the ancient Greek name for the Milky Way.

Many thousands of years later in 1923, a man named Frank C. Mars created the Milky Way chocolate bar.  It was named after a famous malted milkshake, which in turn took its name from Earth’s galaxy!

Extra Fun Fact:  Did you know that there are three types of galaxies; elliptical, spiral and irregular?  The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy and contains billions of stars!

Next Post: Fun Constellation Facts!

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

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?

Click below for a preview:

Amazon.com

or

Amazon.co.uk

For a limited period read the book for FREE on KINDLE. Click here for more information

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L2G13LQ

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

“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children

You can read the first few chapters, FOR FREE, of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace.’  Simply click on the link below:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-stories/

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