Monthly Archives: March 2016

A New Set of Eyes in Space

Or perhaps a new set of mirrors would be more accurate. Today, a scientist and an engineer from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) visited Vanderbilt and gave a talk about what they hope to discover using the telescope and the sheer feats of engineering that made the telescope a reality. The JWST in an … Continue reading A New Set of Eyes in Space Continue reading Continue reading

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7 Things You Should Know About the Kuiper Belt

1. The Kuiper Belt is an elliptical band of objects beyond Neptune’s orbit extending from 30 to 55 AU. It is similar to the asteroid belt except the objects in the Kuiper Belt are made more from ice than rock. Pluto is a part of the Kuiper Belt and comets can be found there as … Continue reading 7 Things You Should Know About the Kuiper Belt Continue reading Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: A Chair For My Mother

  A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams, first published in 1982, is about a family who works hard to save money to buy a beautiful chair covered in velvet with roses all over it. The daughter, Rosa, helps her mother out at the Blue Tile Diner after school. Her mother comes home […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesdays: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

  If you are looking for a great story to read out loud to children, The Gruffalo is the book for you. The Gruffalo was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler in 1996, and won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in 1999. The Smarties book prize was a prestigious UK award given to the […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

Can you have too much of a good thing? Not according to Rabbit. He loves carrots so much that he begins hoarding them, and soon there is no space for him to live in his little burrow. Tortoise sees Rabbit’s plight and offers to share his shell with his homeless friend. Within the fantastical world of children’s literature, […] Continue reading

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Big Bang, Small Seconds

Most of us have an awareness of the basic concept of the Big Bang Theory from a very young age. I am not referring to the CBS show, but I suppose children learn about that fairly young nowadays as well. Anyway, although I’ve always had a basic understanding of what the Big Bang Theory entails, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Jupiter’s Less Popular Moons

Io, Europa, Ganymede and Castillo get a lot of love, but the 63 other members of Jupiter’s posse are often overlooked. This NASA webpage provides in-depth information about each of Jupiter’s 67 moons. 50 of them are official moons and have names to reflect that status. However, the other 17 are mere “Provisional Moons,” which […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

When a boy arrives at Pet Club with his tiny elephant, he is dismayed. All of the usual sorts of pets are allowed, but the sign on the door says “Strictly No Elephants.” Although he is sad when he leaves, he soon meets a new friend—a girl with a pet skunk who was also not welcome at […] Continue reading

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The Hunt for Extrasolar Planets

The Hunt for Extrasolar Planets 2098 extrasolar planets have been discovered starting in 1988. Extrasolar planets are planets that exist on stars other than the sun. Because these are relatively small and dark object that orbit much larger bright objects so very far way they can be very difficult to find. Astronomers can discover them […] Continue reading Continue reading

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Free Fridays: The Thing About Jellyfish

The cover is stunning. The book is even more beautiful. The Thing About Jellyfish is Ali Benjamin’s debut Middle Grade novel about a young girl named Suzy who’s best friend Franny dies in a drowning accident. Scientifically minded Suzy believes that there is no way her friend could have drowned- she was such a good swimmer- […] Continue reading

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