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Aliens…Where is Everybody?

Where is everybody? That’s the question the Italian scientist Enrico Fermi asked the world almost six decades ago. A question that has remained unanswered to this day.

But humans, curious creatures that we are have always wondered…Is there anybody out there? Alien obsession began over two thousand years ago, with…yes you’ve guessed it, the ancient Greeks. They started the debate about the existence of alien life on other planets. But the concept only really took off once Copernicus proved that all the planets rotate around the Sun.

Many famous astronomers, such as Kepler and Galileo discussed finding alien life elsewhere in the solar system. But they also had to be very careful not to upset the church. Later the ‘plurality of worlds,’ became a popular theory in which scientists discussed the idea that the whole universe should be full of intelligent life.

Astronomers discussed many ways of communicating with potential aliens on planets such as Mars and Venus. One idea called for mirrors with flashing lights to send signals into space. But it was not until 1974 that the first alien message was sent. Frank Drake used the 300-metre reflector dish in the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to send the first CETI, (communication extra terrestrial intelligence) message. Since then many messages have been sent. But unfortunately we’re still waiting – many decades later – for a reply!

Today, radio is thought of as a better way of alien communication. Radio waves are less affected by cosmic dust and there is less of a radio background in outer space.

The idea of aliens has captured the world’s imagination for a long time, with many movies and science fiction books exploring aliens and alien invasions of 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 -a book which describes in detail, a Martian invasion of Earth!

Aliens have also fascinated Hollywood with hundreds of movies made about extra terrestrials, space and alien invasions. Check out any of the Star Wars movies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Aliens and the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. If you prefer your aliens on the funnier side, definitely watch the hilarious Mars Attacks, Earth Girls are Easy and Aliens Ate my Homework!

But is there any evidence that real life aliens are actually out there, maybe even walking amongst us here on Earth? Well conspiracy theories are rampant, the most famous being UFO’s (Unidentified Flying Objects), some of which can be explained away as hot air balloons or even birds, but many of which baffle scientists to this day. Then there was the Roswell case, with its famous photograph of a dead alien and whispers of a government coverup. Unfortunately the photograph was later proven to be have been taken in a museum and the so-called dead alien turned out to be the mummified remains of a two year boy!

So for now the age old question of where is everybody… remains silent and unanswered. And the waiting for extra terrestrial contact goes on.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace, Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon. These are the first three books in Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures, an exciting series of ten books set in outer space; for children ages 6-10.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel into outer space?

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Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

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Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well until an asteroid hits their planet.  Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble.  How will they convince the Merballs
of their innocence?  And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

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“Adventure, inventiveness, and humor merge in this quirky, appealing tale.”
—Kirkus Reviews. 

“…This third book is even more original, fun and creative! With aliens, different planets, a good dose of humor and excellent storytelling that is age-appropriate, this is one of the best kids series out there. The illustrations are pretty fun too and fit the story well.”
—I Heart Reading  

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from 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

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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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?

“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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Alien Space Puzzle

Friendly alien is watering the plants on his planet. Complete the puzzle and find the missing parts of the picture.

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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).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication December 2017.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

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

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?

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“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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Curious about Libra, the Scales? The Story of Libra and how to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Libra represents those born from September 23—October 22.   Libra is the seventh Zodiac sign of the year, right after Virgo.

Myth and Legend:  Way back in ancient times, the Libra constellation was known as the claws… of the scorpion!  But that dramatic description fell out of favor and the constellation over time became known as simply, ‘The Scales,’ meaning justice, balance and harmony.  It’s related to the Virgo constellation.  Virgo is shown as a beautiful young woman —and often the Goddess Astraea— who carries the scales of justice in her hands:  Those scales are the Libra constellation.   Libra is also visible in the Autumn/Fall equinox, when the days and nights are of equal length and so in balance.

Constellation:

Libra Constellation

Do we think this collection of stars actually looks like a pair of scales? The top maybe? Although you have to imagine the weighing scales at the bottom.  Personally, I think it most resembles an unfinished tetrahedron, but where’s the myth in a geometric shape?

Libra is not a dramatic constellation.  If you can find the nearby bright stars of Spica and Antares, you can then see the fainter stars in Libra.  The most visible star in Libra is the crazily named Zubeneschamail, Beta Librae!  Then there is Apha Librae and Gamma Librae.  These three stars make up the upper part of the scale.

The best viewing time for the Libra constellation is in June at around 9pm; between latitudes + 65° and – 90° in the northern hemisphere.  If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Libra constellation in the autumn/fall and winter.  Use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.

Extra Fun Fact: Libra means “the weighing scales” in Latin.  The scales are held by the Roman Goddess, Astraea (Dike in Greek Mythology).

Next Post—Curious about Scorpio, (October 23 – November 21). The Story of Scorpio and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

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 to outer space?  For the adventures… of a lifetime!

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

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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?

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“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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Curious about Aries the Ram? The Story of Aries and How to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Aries Characteristics:  Aries represents those born from March 21—April 19.  It’s early spring in our calendar year, but for star signs Aries is the first Zodiac sign of the year!

Good Things about Aries: Determined, brave, honest and enthusiastic.  Everything gets done yesterday.  So if you’re a bit lazy, pair up with an Aries and hopefully they’ll do all the work for you!!!

Bad Things about Aries: Aggressive, moody, impatient and impulsive.  So you’re impossible to live with, so if you happen to be an Aries reading this, maybe settle down with just a dog for company!!

Myth and Legend: So what’s the story behind the Aries constellation?  Well, the myth begins with a classic dysfunctional Greek family.  Ino, the evil stepmother of two children – Phrixus and Nelle – decided to sacrifice them to appease the Gods during a long drought; In reality, she just wanted to get rid of them.

Their real mother Nephele – a cloud nymph, which was a career back in ancient Greece -sent a winged ram with a golden fleece to rescue her children.  The winged ram carried the children away.  Tragically Helle fell off the ram and drowned – Hellespont strait is named in her memory.  Phrixus survived the journey, arriving at the court of King Aeёtes of Colchis.  He gave the ram to the King as a gift and ended up marrying his daughter!

King Aeёtes kept the Golden Fleece in a sacred grove, protected by a dragon that never slept.  Now you’ve probably heard about Jason and the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece from Greek Mythology? Well the story ends with Jason, who outwitted the dragon and stole the fleece.  Zeus (lord of the Greek Gods) commemorated Jason’s epic quest by putting Aries the ram up in the sky as a constellation. 

Element Sign: This star-sign is on fire!  Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the three fire signs of the Zodiac.  Fire signs are well fiery!  They’re also strong and fun.  But sometimes too hot to handle for those close to them!

Glyph:  The symbol for Aries is the ram’s horns and for once the glyph actually…looks like a ram’s horns!

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Constellation:  Aries as a constellation is quite the let down.  It looks nothing like a golden fleece, a ram’s head or even a pair of ram’s horns.  At best if you squint, it looks like half a ram’s horn.  Frankly they need to invent another myth about a monster that made off with the other horn!  But, if you’re still interested in looking for this constellation, it’s best viewed in December at 9pm (between latitudes 90 degrees and minus 60 degrees).  There are only three bright stars in the constellation to look out for.  A star map is always very useful, as well as the help of a knowledgeable star gazer.

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Extra Fun Fact: Aries means the ram in Latin.

Next Post.  Curious about Taurus, the Bull (April 20- May 20) and its constellation? The Story of Taurus and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky. 

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 to outer space?

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

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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Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace:  Book One

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

 

Curious about Pisces the Fish?  The Story of Pisces and How to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky

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Pisces Characteristics:  Pisces represents those born from February 19—March 20.  Despite being near the beginning of our calendar year – in astrological terms – it is the 12th  and final sign of the Zodiac.

Good Things about Pisces: Artistic, gentle, musical, enthusiastic and very emotional!  So basically you’re fun loving and creative, but quite mad!

Bad Things about Pisces: Fearful, naïve, gullible, sad…likes to escape into a fantasy world.  So there’s a bit of the dungeons and dragons’ nerd about you fishes!

Myth and Legend: So what do the two fish represent?  Some ancient God’s pets?  No, the myth of Pisces begins with a monster, a particularly terrible monster named Typhoeus.  The father of all monsters, he was a fire breathing dragon that never slept and had over a hundred heads.  Sounds cute eh?  Side note, he later married another monster and had lots of baby monsters such as the Sphinx, the Nemean Lion and that ultimate lapdog Cerberus, the three headed dog of the underworld!

One day Typhoeus appeared and decided to get rid of all the Olympian Gods. They all fled in terror from him.  The Greek Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite, (Venus in Roman mythology) was sitting with her son Eros, (Cupid in Roman mythology) on the banks of the river Euphrates, when Typhoeus ran at them.  To escape the monster, they changed themselves into fish and swam away in the river.  In order not to lose one another, they tied their fins together with cord.

Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, (Minerva in Roman mythology) commemorated their escape by placing them in the sky as the Pisces constellation.

Element Sign: Water.  Unlike silly Aries, Pisces element sign makes sense. It’s water, so the whole fish, water thing goes nicely together.  Water signs (Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer) are supposed to be very emotional, sensitive and generally all over the place, sort of like water!

Glyph:  I know what you’re thinking? What does this glyph even represent?  It looks like a Chinese character more than a fish right?  But it’s actually an ancient symbol that represents the mouth of a fish.  Yes, it’s a stretch but then so is the Pisces constellation which looks more like a three year old writing its’ first letter V, rather than two co-joined fish.

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Constellation:  Pisces is a difficult constellation to spot, due to its’ large size and dim looking stars.  Dim as in light not as in brains! Constellations don’t have brains, as far as I know! It can be best seen in the northern hemisphere between November 6th and November 9th  at 9pm (between latitudes 90 degrees and minus 65 degrees).  In the southern hemisphere, look for the Pisces constellation in mid-spring.   Use a star map as a guide. As always a knowledgeable person with you, to help find the constellation can be very helpful!

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Extra Fun Fact: Did you know that the Pisces constellation has twenty one main stars?  Overall it is the 14th largest constellation.

 Next Post.  Curious about the Star-Sign Aries, the Ram (March 21-April 19)?  The Story of Aries and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

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 to outer space?  For the adventures of a lifetime…

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

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?

“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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Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace:  Book One

When is a present not a present?  When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from 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

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Curious about Aquarius the Water Bearer? The Story of Aquarius and How to Spot this Constellation in the Night Sky  

 

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Aquarius Characteristics: Aquarius represents those born from January 20—February 18.  Despite beginning our year – in astrological terms – it’s the 11th sign of the zodiac.  Star signs are part of astrology, which is not considered a science, but nevertheless are a lot of fun!   However in ancient times, it was taken as seriously as astronomy is today!

 Good Things about Aquarius: Friendly; intelligent; creative; loyal; independent. You sound like a cat/dog hybrid here. With an artistic flair!

 Bad Things about Aquarius: Unpredictable; stubborn; detached, extremist and aloof.  You’re sounding more like a cat here!  Hey, are you sure you’re not a cat?

Myth and Legend:  The ancient Babylonians and Egyptians both recognized this constellation.  Even back then the constellation was thought of as the water carrier.  This may be due to the fact that heavy flooding and rain occurred at the same time as the appearance of the constellation. In Greek mythology, the water carrier’s image became that of Ganymede.  Ganymede was a young man and so incredibly handsome that his beauty even caught the eye of the Gods themselves.  Zeus had him kidnapped by an eagle and brought up to Mount Olympus, where he served as the Gods’official cup bearer.  Nowadays with such looks, you might become a highly paid movie-star or model.  But back in ancient Greece, what did good looks get you?  A career, as  a slave, for all eternity!  And people say the past was better?

Element Sign: Air. Despite the associations with water, Aquarius is actually an air sign, along with Gemini and Libra.  People born under these signs are thought to be creative, intelligent and sociable.  But don’t get too big-headed, they’re just making all  this up!

Glyph: Each zodiac sign has a symbol or a glyph.  The symbol for Aquarius is water, which is a little confusing as its element sign is air.  But in this case the water glyph below represents the water flowing out of the water carrier.

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Constellation:  Aquarius can be seen in the southern hemisphere in the spring and the northern hemisphere in the fall.  Use a star map as a guide.  It also helps to have someone knowledgeable with you, to help spot the constellation.  Otherwise, it just looks like a series of random dots in the sky.  Which of course it is!  In the northern hemisphere the best viewing time is October at 9pm.

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Extra Fun Fact: Did you know we are currently in the, ‘Age of Aquarius?’ Yes that’s right, it’s supposed to be a hippy dippy age, based on love, unity and integrity.  Mmm…someone needs to tell that to the world!   It’s an astrological age that is based on the precession of the equinoxes.  Each age lasts a few thousand years, before moving onto the next zodiac sign!

Next Post: Pisces, the Fish (February 19-March 20).  The Story behind Pisces and how to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.

 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 to outer space?  For the adventures of a lifetime…

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).

Coming soon! The third book in the series, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, is scheduled for publication February 2018.

Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space?

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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Read this book and over 1 million other books with Kindle Unlimited.

 “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

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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Fun Space Facts for Children: Uranus, the Lone Side Spinner

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The Planet Uranus

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 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!

Uranus also plays a starring role in the eighth book of the Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures series.  In book eight, Amelia, the Urano and the Seer of all Time,  Amelia and Uglesnoo, her alien friend from Pluto visit Uranus and face their biggest challenge so far. They need to find something that does not exist. Or does it? Uglesnoo struggles to believe. Amelia has many obstacles to overcome before she can  get the next item off the list. Curious about the series?

Next post: Fun facts about the planet Neptune.

Evonne Blanchard is the author of, Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace,  Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage and Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon.  These are the first three books in Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures.  The author is currently working on the fourth book in the series, Amelia, the Snapperjacks and the Molten Maze.

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

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Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

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Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well until an asteroid hits their planet.  Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble.  How will they convince the Merballs
of their innocence?  And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

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“Adventure, inventiveness, and humor merge in this quirky, appealing tale.”
—Kirkus Reviews. 

“…This third book is even more original, fun and creative! With aliens, different planets, a good dose of humor and excellent storytelling that is age-appropriate, this is one of the best kids series out there. The illustrations are pretty fun too and fit the story well.”
—I Heart Reading  

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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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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“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

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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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