The Skinny on Pluto

Friday, 25 March 2011 by

Earlier this week on the space log, we talked about the planets in our solar system and how they are arranged in order from the sun. We learned about how something called a mnemonic device can help us remember things. We mentioned that while Pluto was included in our mnemonic, it is actually no longer

Remember This?

Wednesday, 23 March 2011 by

  Have you ever heard of a mnemonic device? No, it isn’t that thing your doctor uses to hold down your tongue when you say “ahhh.” A mnemonic device is a little trick that helps us to remember something which we might not otherwise be able to remember. You might be wondering what this has

The Luck of The Irish…in Space?

Thursday, 17 March 2011 by

Many people celebrate the traditionally Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s day by wearing green and attending festivals or other fun events. To honor old St. Pat here on the Space Log, we’re showing you an image of his homeland, Ireland, that was taken from space! It isn’t hard to see why Ireland is nicknamed “the

Do you have a hobby that you really enjoy? Maybe you play a sport or are part of a team or group. From soccer to math club to piano, whatever it is that you do probably adds a lot of fun to your life. More than likely, your hobby or activity also requires some amount

Rainbows and Weather

Friday, 25 February 2011 by

Have you ever woken up after a stormy night to see a beautiful rainbow stretched across the sky? When the Sun shines on droplets of moisture in the Earth’s atmosphere, it causes us to see a rainbow. These colorful arcs are unusual and remarkable things. Did you know that rainbows caused by sunlight always appear

Popcorn & Rockets

Tuesday, 15 February 2011 by

Have you ever waited impatiently for a bag of popcorn in the microwave to finish popping? Everybody knows that watching a movie is always better with this buttery treat. Did you know that the same technology inside your microwave which causes popcorn to pop is being studied for use in launching rockets into space? Scientists

An Out of This World Birthday!

Friday, 11 February 2011 by

Today at Janet’s Planet Space Log, we’re wishing NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) a Happy 1stBirthday…won’t you celebrate with us by enjoying this virtual cupcake? Exactly one year ago today, the SDO was launched into space from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas rocket. During its first year, the observatory has sent back millions of pictures

The Sun in 3-D!

Monday, 07 February 2011 by

For many years scientists have warned us to never look directly at the sun because it gives off waves that can damage our eyesight. Now scientists are presenting an image of the sun that is not only fine to view, but also the first of its kind. On February 6th, NASA’s twin STEREO probes recorded

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A Closer Look at Snow

Friday, 04 February 2011 by

Even though the groundhog may have seen his shadow yesterday, many parts of the United States are still experiencing harsh winter conditions of freezing temperatures, snow and ice. Did you know that scientists can use space technology to learn more about the weather and help communities prepare for blizzards to save resources and lives? Huntsville,

It doesn’t take more than a visit to your local supermarket to know that love is in the air. Where tinsel & garland once filled the aisles, huge pink and red hearts now reside. Images of cupid and his love arrows are all over the place, in addition to the amount of flowers, candy and

From time to time, we all need to take a little break. After nearly 10 months of homework, pop quizzes and waking up early, summer vacation usually can’t come soon enough for students. Your parents probably get a day off from work every now and then too. Did you know that even Mars rovers need