Sunday, January 26, 2014

Astronomy Unit Study - Comets and Meteors

Week 4: We learned about comets and meteors and visited the Planetarium.

A comet is basically a dirty snowball that sometimes contains gas. A meteor is a rock in space that is less than a meter in diameter. A meteorite is a meteor that has passed through our atmosphere and is right here with us. An asteroid is the same as a meteor, but bigger. These words have baffled me as I never knew the differences between them.

We couldn't resist a trip to the Mannheim Planetarium to go with our astronomy studies. The show covered the birth of a universe, constellations, and how the sun travels across the sky. I highly recommend it for anyone living in the area.




4 comments:

  1. I love your blog, but something happened that changed the font to this itty-bitty script font that I can't even see. Not sure which end it is on, but thought I would let you know just in case you tried to do something fancy!!

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    1. Kristi,

      Thanks for letting me know. I wonder if others are having the same issue? I haven't changed anything lately, but will look more into the issue.

      Julie

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    2. It is a hair smaller than I prefer, but I don't know if it's recent or not.

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  2. Thanks for clearing up the meteor/comet etc thing so succinctly!

    (Blog font etc looks the same to me btw.)

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