Fostering curiosity in kids (and their parents) since 2011

Posts tagged ‘space’

Two side by side false color images of Uranus, show the planet encased in a rainbow of colors from pale green to red. Around it are white rings that run around what I can't help but think of as the planet's north and south poles. Uranus, it turns out, looks like it's tilted up on its side.

Who was Uranus?

While reading Dava Sobel’s book The Planets last week, I learned that Uranus is the only major planet in our solar system named after a Greek myth instead of a Roman one. Off-hand, I couldn’t remember any mention of Uranus in Greek mythology. So I decided to look it up. Who was Uranus? Why is he the only Greek god to get his own planet?

Weremice and other news of the week

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but that’s not because I haven’t been reading the news. Well, ok, maybe it’s a little because I haven’t been reading the news. But mostly it’s because I haven’t been reading the news with an eye to blogging about it. But really, how could anyone resist blogging about a predatory desert mouse? And if you’re going to do that, is it really that big a deal to tack on a photo of the universe’s largest spiral galaxy, a cheese recipe, and this week’s edition of Parenting Advice from Facebook?