Solar Powered Cooking

Monday, 08 April 2013 by

Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s so hot, a person could fry an egg right on the sidewalk?” Well, the students in Mrs. Patricia Peternell’s science class at St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School decided to test this theory…sort of. They actually recreated a Janet’s Planet experiment, one channeling solar power in order to

Naming X Competition!

Monday, 25 March 2013 by

Dear Friends of Janet’s Planet! Check out this great competition! Submit before April 15th! Naming X 2010 celebrates the 80th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto and marks the 1st year death anniversary of Venetia Burney Phair, the most influential 11year old in the history of astronomy who, died on 30th April 2009, aged 90.

A Visual Guessing Game

Sunday, 10 March 2013 by

Today’s Space Log post is a bit of a visual challenge. Take a look at the image above and try to guess what you think it is. At first glance, the repeating pattern appears much like that of a honeycomb. The color is kind of grayish brown, like rocks or dirt. Do you think this

On today’s date just two years ago today, SpaceX, a space transportation company in California, launched for the first time the Falcon 9 rocket. This was (and is) an important occurrence in the timeline of development of commercial space travel…aka regular people getting to travel in space. The Falcon 9 was launched into low-Earth orbit

Next week, some exciting things are happening in the sky and if you live in certain parts of the United States or Asia, you just might get to see them. Sunday May 20 will be the date of an annular solar eclipse, which is what happens when the moon passes directly in front of the

Here at Janet’s Planet Space Log blog, we’re very excited because Friday, May 4 is International Space Day. Started in 1997, Space Day is an educational initiative that takes place each year on either the first Thursday or Friday of May. The day is a chance for folks everywhere to honor the amazing, incredible achievements

Some exciting things happened today in New York City, as the Enterprise, a prototype for space shuttles flew over the area, piggybacked on a special 747 jet and landed at Kennedy International Airport. Arriving from Washington’s Dulles Airport, the shuttle weighs 150,000 pounds. Groups of folks gathered to watch it soar over New York Harbor,

Do you have a telescope? If you don’t go to your local science center or observatory and take a look through theirs; because since the earliest days of astronomy, since the time of Galileo, astronomers have shared a single goal — to see more, see farther, see deeper.   On this date in history, April

Today is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, a ship that cost so much and was so carefully constructed that no one even believed what happened would have been possible. The ship bumped into an iceberg, but some scientists are now throwing around some different ideas about why exactly this happened.

Tidying Up, In Space?

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 by

Have you ever made a giant mess in your room and your mom or dad refused to let you come out of there until you cleaned it up? A group of scientists in Switzerland are playing clean-up but it’s not because of a messy room. The Swiss Space Center is launching a satellite called CleanSpace

Video games are a fun way to pass the time, but did you know there’s one game in particular that is helping astronauts explain the mystery of science?   NASA astronaut Don Pettit is the guy and would you believe the game is called Angry Birds Space?   NASA has been working with Rovio Entertainment,

Honoring African-Americans in Space

Wednesday, 29 February 2012 by

Somehow February went by like a flash, but here at the Janet’s Planet Spacelog Blog, we didn’t want this month, which happens to be Black History Month, to pass us by without honoring some of the amazing African-American individuals who have contributed to our country’s space program.   Never heard of Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr.?